In addition to a healthy diet and exercise, regular screenings can actively reduce your risk for developing cancer. That’s why it’s so important to follow recommendations for cancer screenings.
Screenings are used to detect cancer in people who have little to no symptoms. Regular screenings give you the best chance of finding cancer early — when it’s small and before it has spread. Duly Health and Care offers various cancer screenings to help you live your healthiest, happiest life.*
Breast Cancer: Mammograms are used to detect early signs of breast cancer. Starting at age forty, it is recommended to have yearly mammograms. This is an important step in breast cancer prevention as 75 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are of average risk with no family history of the disease or other high-risk factors.
Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer screening is used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer. Starting at age twenty-one, the screening includes regular pap smears that can also test for human papillomavirus (HPV). Your provider considers your age and prior medical history to determine the frequency of your screenings.
Colon Cancer: Colonoscopies are performed for colon cancer screening beginning at age forty-five and are repeated approximately every ten years based on medical/family history. Approximately 95 percent of all colon cancers are detected by a colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy, polyps are removed preventing them from turning into cancer. There are other tests available for screening such as Cologuard and CT Colonography. Talk to you provider about what screening option is right for you.
Lung Cancer: Lung cancer screenings are recommended for those between fifty to eighty years of age and have a history of smoking. These screenings are completed via a low dose CT scan of the lungs. Up to 80 percent of lung cancers identified by the screening are at an early stage. Your provider will help you determine if a lung cancer screening is right for you. We also have a smoking cessation program which helps to connect current smokers with an experienced pulmonary medicine provider to educate and provide support for those looking to quit.
Prostate Cancer: Urologists recommend screening MRIs starting at age fourty-five to detect prostate cancer for anyone diagnosed with an elevated Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) level. Elevated PSA levels can be identified by your primary care physician through a simple blood test.
Skin Cancer: During a skin cancer screening, a dermatology provider will exam your skin from head to toe looking for any changes in the skin that could be suspicious for skin cancer. Skin cancer screenings should be completed at least once per year and sometimes more often if you have a history of skin cancer or other risk factors. We recommend an annual skin exam if you have any of these risk factors: greater than 50 moles, history of or current tanning bed use, history of sunburn, family history of melanoma, personal history of skin cancer, immune suppression, immune compromised (or weakened immune system), history of radiation treatment, history of burns, or history of organ transplant.
Don’t wait until it’s too late! Most cancer screenings are covered as a preventive exam by most commercial insurance companies. Schedule online or by calling your Duly primary provider.
*Dependent on age, family history and other health factors, your provider might customize your screening care plan to fit your health needs.