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MAR 27th 2014

What You Should Know About Colon Cancer Screenings Under Obamacare

MAR 27th 2014
What You Should Know About Colon Cancer Screenings Under Obamacare

Do you know the facts about colorectal cancer and its cancer screenings under Obamacare?

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis in the U.S. for men and women (not including types of skin cancer).

This year, it’s estimated that more than 135,000 new colorectal cancer cases will be diagnosed across both sexes. Historically, women are at a slightly lower risk than men for developing colon cancer.

To help reduce the risk of colon cancer, health insurance plans offered through the Healthcare.gov Marketplace must include 15 free preventive services for adults, one of which is colorectal cancer screenings for people over the age of 50.

These colon cancer screenings under Obamacare are provided for adults without charging a copayment when visiting an in-network provider through your health insurance.

There are several types of colorectal cancer screenings (read more here) with different yearly recommended intervals for when adults should get tested between the ages of 50 and 75. If you are older than 75, experts suggest you speak with your primary doctor about getting tested for colon cancer.

Screenings for adults can help doctors to find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most effective and it’s easier to cure. According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, more than 90% of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer survive more than five years when the disease is found at an early (local) stage.

To find out more about cancer screenings for women under Obamacare, read this article.

Have you scheduled free preventive services or cancer screenings under Obamacare yet? Please share your experience and comments below.

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