Lower Your Cancer Risk Through Screenings 

Published: September 13, 2022

Lower Your Cancer Risk through Screenings 

September is National Prostate Awareness Month. A good time for WHA to encourage members (men in particular) to take time to lower their risk of cancer by scheduling your routine checkup for preventive exams and cancer screenings.

Getting your preventive checkup is one of the reasons you have a health plan, not just for emergencies, but for overall good health. Routine checkups and preventive screenings are covered as part of your WHA plan*, which means there are no out-of-pocket costs to you.  It is also a good time to get up to date on no-cost vaccinations and boosters. 
Studies show that men, in particular, are more likely to go long periods of time without going to the doctor, and not take preventive health measures.

Yet, there are a number of preventive screenings men get at their checkup that contributes to their overall good health. Depending on your family history, age, and other risk factors, you may be screened for cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as colon and prostate cancer.  

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States. It’s more common in older men. But when caught early, it is easier to treat. So, schedule your check-up and get screened before any symptoms appear. 
For your sake and your family’s sake, take care of your health and schedule your preventive checkup! By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps toward living a longer, healthier life.

For more information on prostate cancer and prevention, go to National Cancer Institute’s webpage on Prostate Cancer.  Also, visit mywha.org/preventive.

*Coverage for WHA services depends on eligibility at the time of service.

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