Even if you do not have a family history, you are still at risk. Breast cancer and prostate cancer have become the two most common diseases in women and men, respectively.
For both diseases, doctors recommend starting yearly exams at age 50. Yes, they are uncomfortable, but doctors say those exams could mean the difference between life and death.
Let's start with breast cancer. While doctors want you to start mammograms yearly at age 50, they also recommend you perform self exams every month starting in your twenties, along with having a doctor examine you at your yearly checkups. Especially since signs of the disease are often absent.
As for prostate cancer, difficult or frequent urination could be signs...or not. Doctors say those often just come with the aging process. That is why doctors want men, starting at age 50, to also get yearly exams.