Tricare screenings key to detection of cancer forms

| June 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance



PHOENIX — Nearly 12 million Americans are alive today after being told they have cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s as many people as the state of Ohio’s population.

Due to medical advances, cancer is no longer a death sentence. More and more people are surviving because of early detection methods.

However, without screenings that lead to early detection, cancer can kill.

Tricare covers a variety of preventive screenings to help catch cancer early — at no cost to beneficiaries.

Here are four screenings that help Tricare members and health care professionals detect cancer early and save lives:

Breast cancer screening: Tricare covers one mammogram every 12 months for women older than 39. If a woman is considered high risk for breast cancer, she can begin receiving mammograms at 35 years old.

Cervical cancer screening: Test for cervical cancer with regular Pap tests. Tricare covers both pelvic exams and Pap tests together, when necessary, or every year beginning at age 18. Once a woman has three consecutive normal Pap tests, Tricare will cover screenings once every three years, unless a doctor recommends otherwise.

Colon cancer screening: Several testing options are available under Tricare. The CDC recommends one colonoscopy every 10 years for people ages 50 and older. If you have a history of colon cancer in your family, talk with your doctor about when and how often to have screening tests.

Prostate cancer screening: Tricare covers prostate screening tests for men who are older than 50; for men older than 40, who have had a vasectomy; or men ages 40-49, who have a family history of prostate cancer.

Cancer prevention

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