Screening and early detection is crucial

Earlier, more intensive and frequent screening is recommended for people at increased risk of cancer due to a strong family history or an inherited genetic mutation. See the Risk Management Guidelines for guidance as recommendations vary for different hereditary mutations.

Most health plans are required to cover certain cancer screenings at 100%, with no out-of-pocket costs for the patient. These are typically cancer screenings recommended for the general population by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—such as mammograms and colorectal cancer screening—beginning at a specified age. Screenings at an earlier age or screenings above and beyond those needed by the "average risk" population may not be fully covered; deductibles, coinsurance and copays often apply.

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  • If your insurance company denies coverage of recommended screenings, visit the Health Insurance Appeals section of our website for guidance and resources.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation provides case managers who help identify financial assistance programs and resources for those facing challenges.

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  • See the Assembling Your Care Team section of our website for more information on identifying qualified health care professionals to help manage your care.
  • Visit the How to Get Testing section of our website for information on genetic testing and finding a cancer genetics expert.

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  • Visit the FORCE Research Study Search tool for information on hereditary cancer prevention and early detection research studies.