Early detection and screening for cancer
Getting screened regularly for cancer can save your life
Your age, health and lifestyle choices (e.g., what you eat, how active you are, if you're a smoker), and family history can impact your need for cancer screenings.
When should I get screened for cancer?
- Not all types of cancer have a screening test. What cancers can be screened and questions to ask your doctor about cancer screenings are provided by the National Cancer Institute.
- Recommendations for cancer screening differ, but it's important to understand when to get screened. Learn more and talk to your doctor about when you should get screened.
- American Cancer Society recommendations for cancer screenings by age group.
- United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for cancer screenings.
Are there resources to help me get screened for cancer?
- Find out what health insurance plans are right for you with Connect for Health Colorado and whether you're eligible for a subsidy to cover a portion of your health insurance costs.
- Talk to a clinic about cancer screening options and what you qualify for.
- Colorado Community Health Network can help you find a doctor whether you're insured or not, and the medical care you need when need it.
- Colorado Rural Health Center can give more information on what a rural health center is, and where to find Rural Health Centers in the state.
- ClinicNet works with Community Safety Net Clinics and Rural Health Centers to enhance their capacity to serve Coloradans.
- Breast and cervical cancer screenings may be available to women who qualify under the Women’s Wellness Connection.
- Komen also offers low-cost or free breast cancer screening options to women who qualify.
- Colorectal cancer screenings may be covered if you qualify. Find out more from the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program.
Why does my family health history matter?
- Some cancers have genetic links. Having relatives with cancer may increase the risk of developing cancer for you and your family.
- The American Cancer Society provides information about cancers that can be inherited through family health history.
- Assess your risk for colorectal cancer based on your family medical history with Family PLZ.
- Know your genes and how this can impact your risk for breast cancer with information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Create a Family Health Portrait to track family health history, including cancer.
Next, find out about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.