Make Preventive Screenings Part of Your Health Care Routine (East Region)

9/8/2022

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Regular preventive screenings can look for cancer or diabetes before you have symptoms. A screening can help find disease at an early stage. This may make the disease easier to treat. Talking with your primary care manager about having regular screenings is crucial. TRICARE covers clinical preventive services for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer. It also covers diabetes screenings.

Breast cancer

Lower your risk of breast cancer by limiting alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight, and staying physically active. You may be at higher risk for breast cancer if you:

  • Are a breast cancer survivor
  • Have a history of breast cancer in your family
  • Haven’t had children

You should talk to your provider about when and how often to get a mammogram if you’re between the ages of 40-49. If you’re between the ages of 50-74 and have an average risk, doctors recommend a mammogram every two years.

Cervical cancer

Reduce your risk of cervical cancer by not smoking, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and maintaining a healthy weight. Risk factors include having a HPV or chlamydia infection and long-term use of oral contraceptives.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommends that screening begin with a Pap test at age 25. If you’re ages 30-65, you should screen with a HPV test every five years or a Pap test every three years. If you’re over 65, you should stop cervical screening if you have:

  • Had a regular screening within the last 10 years with normal results
  • No history of CIN 2 (abnormal cells affecting the surface of the cervix) within 25 years

Colorectal cancer

More than 90% of colorectal cancer occurs in people who are 50 years old or older. Lower your risk by exercising regularly, not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, and maintaining a healthy weight. A diet that’s high-fiber, low-fat, and filled with lots of fruits and vegetables can also decrease risk.

Recommendations for screening differ based on your risk level. Risk factors include:

  • Family history of the disease
  • Personal history of polyps
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis

Learn more about your risk level and screenings at the Humana Military website. Speak with your provider to determine which test is right for you.

Diabetes

Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Being 45 or older
  • Having immediate family history
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having low HDL-levels or high triglycerides

Individuals who are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, Pacific Islander or Alaska native are at increased risk for diabetes, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Lower your risk by exercising three times a week or more and maintaining a healthy weight.

Talk with your primary care manager to see if you should be screened. An A1C test, a type of fasting blood test, screens for prediabetes and diabetes. It gives you an idea of your average blood sugar level during the last two to three months.

Don’t have a provider? Find one and schedule your screening today.

Last Updated 11/22/2022