Talk to your health care provider about which screenings are right for you!
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.
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!
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.
Five Ways to Reduce your Risk
- Get screened
- Do not use tobacco
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
Looking for local cancer support in Park, Gallatin and Sweet Grass Counties?
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.
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