What should you be doing and when?
PAP: Every year -- unless you have history of HPV. Tip to remember to schedule: Do it each year around your birthday or other memorable event.
MAMMOGRAM: Annually starting at 40, or for women with a family history (mother, sister, daughter, or multiple relatives), ten years prior to the age at diagnosis.
BREAST SELF-EXAM: EVERY month AFTER your period is finished (too lumpy and tender at other times). For women not menstruating (or menopausal or lactating moms) pick a monthly bill (cell phone, credit card, etc) and use its arrival to time the self-exam.
COLONOSCOPY: Annually starting at age 50 -- or earlier if family history. A rectal occult stool test should be performed annually starting at age 40 by your OB/GYN.