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Cancer Screenings Down, But Wellness Focus Helps Defy Trends

08/23/18

  05:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Cancer Screenings Down, But Wellness Focus Helps Defy Trends

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The number of Americans getting screened for cervical, breast, and prostate cancers has declined in recent years, suggests a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The review of self-reported screenings from 2000 to 2015 found that Pap tests fell 4%, mammograms decreased 3%, and PSA tests dropped 5%. Colon cancer screenings did increase during the period studied, but still came up short of federal target levels.

The CDC focused on these four forms of cancer for good reason: They collectively account for about 40% of new cancer diagnoses and 20% of all cancer deaths. It's the same reason that the MedBen WellLiving wellness program focuses on these screening tests as essential elements of preventive care.

By promoting screenings and annual wellness exams as part of an overall wellness strategy, employers encourage a healthier workplace environment. MedBen WellLiving offers proven solutions to help businesses lower absenteeism and reduce long-term health care costs.

Offering employee incentives can further drive up screening numbers. In 2017, first-year MedBen WellLiving clients who offered premium-related incentives saw an average 29% increase in wellness compliance.

MedBen WellLiving can help employers defy cancer screening trends. Learn more by contacting Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brain Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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