Preventive Health Screenings
"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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November 13, 2015
- Everyone 6 months or older, with rare exceptions, should get a flu vaccine annually.
- Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths every year.
- Insurance can cover the cost of preventive services like the flu vaccine. Eligible consumers can enroll in a 2016 Marketplace plan through January 31.
November 8, 2013
- Colorectal cancer screening tests save lives by finding precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. Screening is recommended for men and women aged 50–75 years.
- Several types of tests are used to screen for colorectal cancer. Ask your doctor [PDF-178KB] which test is right for you.
- The 25 states and 4 tribes in CDC's Colorectal Cancer Control Program provide screening services to underinsured low-income men and women aged 50–64 years.
April 26, 2013
- Although most Americans who have vision problems are aged 65 years or older, even preschoolers may not see as well as they should.
- A comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to detect eye problems early.
- Free resources are available to help educate your community about the importance of dilated eye exams.
November 16, 2012
- Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than other women.
- Implementing effective interventions, such as promoting timely follow-up after abnormal mammograms, using patient navigators, and providing high quality treatment, can help reduce breast cancer deaths.
- CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.
September 28, 2012
- Glaucoma, the “sneak thief of sight,” affects more than two million US adults aged 40 or older and is projected to affect 3.3 million people by 2020.
- Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can help prevent blindness.
- You can promote sight-saving measures by encouraging comprehensive dilated eye exams
August 3, 2012
- About 61 million US adults are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months.
- Increased availability and affordability of eye health care services can help prevent blindness and vision impairment.
- Sharing these eye health tips can help the public take steps to keep their eyes healthy.
July 8, 2011
- Sixty-five percent of adults between the ages of 50 and 75 were screened for colorectal cancer in 2010.
- We can prevent an additional 1,000 colorectal cancer deaths each year by meeting the Healthy People 2020 target of 70.5% for colorectal cancer screening in the United States.
- Implementation of system-level evidence-based interventions can increase colorectal cancer screening rates.
May 27, 2011
- An estimated 11 million Americans who are visually impaired could achieve good vision with glasses, contact lenses, or eye surgery.
- Older adults with moderate or extreme vision loss are no more likely than those with good vision to get eye examinations.
- You can use the BRFSS vision module to measure vision health in your state.
March 18, 2011
- Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
- If everyone 50 years and older were screened for colorectal cancer as recommended, up to 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services finds that evidenced-based practices, such as client reminder systems, can improve colorectal cancer screening rates.
March 11, 2011
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure; it accounted for 44% of all new cases in 2008.
- The Diabetes Risk Test is available for your website to highlight American Diabetes Alert Day (March 22).
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services recommends a disease management approach to treat people with diabetes.
- Page last reviewed: November 13, 2015
- Page last updated: November 13, 2015
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