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Posted June 27, 2018

Why Early Screenings Matter

Have you heard of cancer screenings? It means to check your body for cancer.

Screenings can prevent cancer. They help find problems early. Cancer is easier to treat if it is caught early. It can spread fast. It’s harder to treat later.

Which screenings do you need?

We each have different screening needs. They are based on:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Health history
  • Risk factors

Doctors help to figure out our needs. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

What are the risk factors?

Risk means the chance of getting cancer. People at risk might need to get screenings at younger ages. Sometimes they need screenings more often.

Risk factors:

  • Older age
  • Family history of cancer
  • Smoking
  • Radiation exposure

NextLevel Health’s Preventive Services

The following cancer screenings are covered by NextLevel:

  • Cervical cancer screening. Women over 21 should be screened for cervical cancer. Women over 30 should be screened and get HPV testing.
  • Breast cancer screening. Mammograms are an image of the breast. Women 40 and over should get mammograms to screen for cancer.
  • Prostate cancer screening. This exam screens for prostate cancer in men. NextLevel Health covers prostate cancer screenings for men over 50. We also cover screenings for men at risk over 40.

Cancer screenings are one part of preventive services. There are other things you can do to lower your risk of cancer.

How to lower your risk:

  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise
  • Quit smoking