Nearly 500,000 Americans will die from cancer this year and another 1.5 million will get diagnosed with this deadly disease.
Cancer does not discriminate. Parents, grandparents, and children all will become victims. Some will live. Some won’t.
Meanwhile, cancer research this year could lead to advances in patient care as well as a more accelerated pace to save people’s lives. That is happening as you read this blog.
Yes, more people are beating cancer than ever before, but we can do a lot more to help reduce the risk of getting this devastating disease.
April is National Cancer Control Month and is a time for us to remember those who fought the good fight, but also a time to support those fighting this disease by encouraging others to get screened for cancer.
For those covered by Medicare, these screenings can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Screening plays a key role in preventing cancer. When cancer is detected early, it often is treatable and curable.
Under the Affordable Care Act, people who are covered by Medicare can receive many preventive services at no additional cost.
Medicare Part B provides coverage of the following cancer screenings:
Breast Cancer (mammography and clinical breast exam)
Cervical and Vaginal Cancer (pap test and pelvic exam includes the clinical breast exam)
Prostate cancer (PSA blood test and Digital Rectal Exam)