March 4, 2019

Do I really need a colorectal cancer screening?

The answer is yes if you’re 50 or older. At Kaiser Permanente, we make it easy — and our screening rates are tops in the nation.

Keeping up with screenings is one of the best ways to stop colon cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

When colon cancer is caught early, the disease can be cured in 9 out of 10 cases. Screening can also prevent cancer by helping doctors find and remove polyps before they become cancerous.

Kaiser Permanente is proud to lead the nation in colorectal cancer screening rates. To make it easy and convenient, we use a non-invasive test called FIT whenever possible, completed in the privacy of your own home. Talk with your care team to determine what type of screening is best for you based on your age and risk.

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Leading the nation in colorectal cancer screening rates

Medicare health plans

Kaiser Permanente: 88%
National Average: 72%

Commercial health plans

Kaiser Permanente: 79%
National Average: 61%

Source: 2018 HEDIS® (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set), used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance.