Connect Your Employees With Cancer Screening
Summer is here, and you are likely encouraging your employees to catch up on appointments like skin cancer checks. But are you remembering to take care of yourself, too? Encourage your employees to set themselves up for success by taking advantage of the resources available to them through Cone Health.
Why Screening is Important
Early detection is the best defense against most cancers and can lead to a higher chance of surviving — even thriving — after a cancer diagnosis and treatment. It’s especially important for people with family histories of cancer and other diseases to have regular screenings, usually annually, for common cancers like breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer/
You might assume health system employees are familiar with when they should have screenings for cancers that benefit from early detection, but not everyone will be. Providing some basic FAQs can help remind or inform everyone, from OR staff to facilities workers, when they should start getting regular care.*
When should people begin getting screened for breast cancer?
Women can choose to begin getting mammograms as early as age 40. It’s recommended that women age 45-54 have yearly mammograms. Women over age 55 can usually reduce to mammograms every two years, unless their healthcare provider advises otherwise. Some women with family history or genetic markers may also require MRIs.
What’s the recommended age to start exams for cervical cancer?
Women between 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every three years unless otherwise advised by a provider. Those between age 30 and 65 need a Pap test and HPV test every five years.
At what age should adults schedule colon and rectal cancer screenings?
The American Cancer Society recommends people with an average risk of colorectal cancer begin getting screened at age 45.
What are the guidelines for lung cancer screening?
People at higher risk for lung cancer, including anyone who currently smokes or has a history of heavy smoking, should get yearly low-dose CT scans (LDCT) from age 55.
Is testing for prostate cancer recommended?
The jury is out on whether the benefits of testing for prostate cancer outweigh the risks. Men should discuss the risks and benefits of prostate cancer screening with their doctor at age 50. African American adults with a family history of prostate cancer should have this conversation earlier, at age 45.
What’s Available to Employees
Cone Health offers several resources for early detection and screening.