Matt Mauro, 12 News 5:53 p.m. MST April 9, 2015
Taylor Swift is now urging fans to get cancer screenings and tell their parents to do the same. Here's what you need to know about them.
Taylor Swift has a very important message for her fans and the world today - go get checked for cancer.
Swift wrote on her blog that her mother has cancer, and she only discovered it after Taylor urged her to get a check-up.
Dr. Tania Cortas at Arizona Oncology says the screenings could be the difference between life and death. "Cancer screening is very important," said Dr. Cortas. "It can change the outcome of a patient from a curable cancer to a deadly cancer."
Here are guidelines from the American Cancer Society:
- Women in their 20's and 30's should get clinical breast exams every 3 years
- Mammograms starting at age 40
- Women should start getting screened when they're just 21 and have a Pap test every three years.
- At 30, women should get a Pap test and HPV test every five years.
- Both men and women should get a colonoscopy every 10 years when then turn 50
- Have your dermatologist do a visual check at least once a year
- Men 45 to 50 need to talk with their doctors about tests
Important note: If you have a family history of any cancer, oncologists say to talk with your doctor about getting screenings earlier.