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?
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.
  • 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.