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From the Desk of the CMO: The Importance of Annual Cancer Screenings

The importance of annual cancer screenings

From the Desk of the Chief Medical Officer

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The American Cancer Society recommends that everyone gets annual cancer screenings once they’ve reached a certain age. Cancer screenings are used to detect cancer early, even before symptoms have developed. This helps to prevent it from spreading, and allows you to get treatment when the cancer is much easier to treat.

Consider This a Reminder to Schedule Your Annual Cancer Screenings Today!

The following are some helpful choices to help maintain your health:  

How Solidarity Shares Annual Cancer Screenings

Solidarity HealthShare’s Wellness Policy contains a comprehensive list of screenings that are eligible for sharing for Members. This includes a hereditary cancer genetic screen if you are high risk. High risk includes anyone with a first-degree relative who has had cancer or anyone with a family member with a diagnosed cancer gene.

Adults ages 50 to 75 are eligible for a colonoscopy every 10 years to screen for colon cancer. Similarly, adults 55 to 80 can receive an annual lung cancer screening if they are at high risk for lung cancer. High risk patients are smokers who have at least a 30-pack year who have quit within the last 15 years. Their annual screening may be discontinued once they have successfully avoided smoking for 15 years.

Our team at Solidarity HealthShare is committed to helping Members receive their annual cancer screenings at a low cost. You can find more information about our Sharing Guidelines here, or by giving us a call at 844-313-4999.

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