New report shows better care, less smoking and timely cancer screenings can help save lives

By Regence
January 18, 2023
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American Cancer Society data reinforces why you should get your preventive screenings

The American Cancer Society has released a new report showing a 33% drop in the U.S. cancer death rate since 1991. To put that rate of decline into perspective, it means an estimated 3.8 million cancer-related deaths have been avoided over the past three decades.

The report attributed this encouraging trend to improvements in cancer treatment, lower rates of  smoking and increases in early detection methods like preventive screenings. Preventive care screenings are used to find cancer at early stages before symptoms occur and when the disease is most treatable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends screening tests for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancers as a way to lower your risk of getting cancer. Most Regence health plans cover screening tests with no out-of-pocket costs when you see an in-network provider.

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