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Preventive screenings can save lives, March 2018

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Colorectal cancer screenings for individuals 50 years of age and older is the most effective way to prevent and detect colorectal cancer. Yet, only 25% of patients aged 50-64 years old are up to date with their colorectal cancer screenings, equating to 75% of this patient population not in compliance with getting this important health screening.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented if individuals 50 years and older got the recommended screening for colorectal cancer.

Preventative and routine screenings, along with scheduled immunizations, are vital to reducing death and disability while improving the health of Americans. These services both prevent and detect illnesses and diseases—from flu to cancer—in their earlier, more treatable stages leading to significantly reduced risks for illness, disability, early death, and medical care costs.

Yet, despite the fact that many of these services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, millions of children, adolescents, and adults go without clinical preventive services.  Preventative health screenings can save lives through early diagnosing, intervention, and treatment.

Now is a great time to connect with your patient population by initiating conversations around recommended preventive health screenings.  Physician practices can reach out to patients to remind patients of important health screenings and to schedule appointments for follow up on:

  1. Breast cancer screening
  2. Cervical cancer screening
  3. Colorectal cancer screening for adults over 50
  4. Obesity screening and counseling

Physicians and their staff can help motivate patients to be proactive and compliant in the disease prevention arena and to make positive and lasting healthy lifestyle changes by making sure that patients are keeping up with recommended screenings. 

Regular patient outreach coordination can also help to monitor whether patients are up to date on their immunization vaccines.  To order preventive screening posters along with valuable patient education materials through The Physician Alliance website, click here now.

Sources:  Healthfinder.gov, Centers for Disease Control, Choosing Wisely

This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

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