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Screenings Can Save Your Life

Many diseases are "silent," meaning you'll have no symptoms until it has advanced and is harder to treat. Preventive screenings help find the disease early—and may be covered at no cost to you. (For complete benefit information, please contact Customer Service.) Talk to your doctor about how often you should be screened.

Colon cancer

Who needs it
People ages 50+

Why it’s important
Screening can prevent about half of all colon cancers, which are caused by slow-growing polyps in the colon (also called the large intestine). Learn more about your choices for colon cancer screenings, including alternative take-home tests.

Breast cancer

Who needs it
Women ages 50-74

Why it’s important
Breast exams alone—done by you or your doctor—have not been found to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. A mammogram, an X-ray of the breast, can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 20% to 40%.* Some doctors may recommend starting screening earlier than age 50 based on family history and risk factors.


Who needs it
Women ages 65+

Why it’s important
Osteoporosis causes weaker bones that are more likely to break, which can lead to chronic pain, disability, and even death.

A diabetes checklist 

If you have diabetes, ask your doctor about these routine tests, which may be covered at no cost:

o    Blood sugar testing – The A1C test shows your average blood sugar over the past two to three months. It’s recommended that this test be done at least twice a year.

o    Eye exam – Diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your eyes, often long before you notice any changes in your vision. That’s why it’s important to have an eye exam every one to two years, based your doctor’s recommendation.

o    Kidney monitoring – Diabetes can also harm your kidneys. A simple urine test will indicate if your kidneys are losing an important protein. This test should be performed every year.

* American Cancer Society