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Cancer is a common disease; one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.

In Montana, cancer is number one cause of death.  Getting tested can increase your chance of survival.

Are you among those that should get screened? Every visit to doctors and nurses is an opportunity to discuss cancer prevention and screening options.  Remember to talk to your provider about cancer screening options that are right for you and when you should have them.

Who should be screened for breast cancer?

Mammography, as well as physical examination of the breasts (a clinical exam performed by a doctor, or one you do yourself), can detect breast cancer. The U.S Preventative Task Force recommends women aged 50-74 have a mammogram every two years. Because of its effectiveness a mammogram is the standard for detecting breast cancer. The decision to start regular screening mammograms every two years before the age of 50 years old should be an individual one, and one to discuss with your health care provider.

Who should be screened for cervical cancer?

You should start getting regular Pap tests at age 21. The Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer, is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available. If you are 30 years old or older, you may choose to have an HPV test along with the Pap test. Both tests can be performed by your doctor at the same time. When both tests are performed together, it is called co-testing. If your test results are normal, your chance of getting cervical cancer in the next few years is very low. If you are 21–65 years old, it is important for you to continue getting a Pap test as directed by your doctor—even if you think you are too old to have a child or are not having sex anymore.

Who should be screened for colon cancer?

The U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends colon cancer screening for those aged 50-75, however, if you have certain risk factors, such as family history of colon cancer or polyps, you may need to be screened earlier. Talk to your doctor to see when you should start screening.

How can I choose the right test for me?

Choose? Yes, that’s right. You have a choice when it comes to screening. Be sure to speak with your doctor about which test is best for you.

When it comes to your health, can you afford not to get screened for cancer?

For those with health insurance coverage, the Affordable Care Act has included cancer screening as an “Essential Health Benefit,” meaning that you can receive screening as advised by your doctor with no cost sharing.  If you have questions about what’s covered, ask!

For those that are uninsured or worried about costs there’s the Montana Cancer Screening Program and other local resources available to help pay for free cancer screening options.

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You can help to make dramatic changes for cancer screening in your community.

That means that the only thing standing between many patients and an up-to-date screening record is your advice and recommendation. In fact, research has shown the most important factor in a patient’s decision to be screened for cancer is a referral from their primary care provider.

Essential health benefits under the Affordable Care Act ensure that cancer screening is covered for your patients.  The Montana Cancer Screening Program can also help pay when patients are uninsured or worried about costs.

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Five Ways to Reduce your Risk

  1. Get screened
  2. Do not use tobacco
  3. Maintain a healthy weight
  4. Exercise
  5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.

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Need help finding a provider enrolled in our program?

Numerous providers are enrolled in our Cancer Screening Program and can provide free colon, breast, or cervical cancer screening if you are enrolled in our program.

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This project is funded (in part or in whole) by grant numbers 5U58DP003925 and 5U58DP002027 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of   Health and Human Services and from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services