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Cancer prevention and treatment essentials

Updated: Apr 3

The C word.

Nobody wants to hear it, but it’s a word many of us will become familiar with. More than two million people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2024.*

Fortunately, you CAN take steps to lower your risk of getting cancer. And you can increase your chances of a successful outcome if you are diagnosed.

Preventing cancer

Get doctor-recommended screenings.

Early detection can make treating or curing cancer easier. Know which screenings you need at different ages:

Get vaccinations that can lower your cancer risk.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent most cervical cancers and several other kinds of cancer. And the hepatitis B vaccine can help lower your risk of liver cancer.

The MNPS Health Care Centers can provide many doctor-recommended vaccinations. Make an appointment online or by calling 615-259-8755. Kroger Pharmacy in the Employee Wellness Center can also provide vaccinations; no appointment is necessary.


Make healthy choices. 

Some cancers can be impacted by the choices you make. Avoiding tobacco, protecting your skin, limiting alcohol and keeping a healthy weight can lower your risk for cancer.

Check out these no-cost-to-you resources:


Treating cancer

Getting a cancer diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. Cancer has physical, mental, emotional, social and financial consequences that begin when you’re diagnosed. You’ll likely have lots of questions and concerns.

Take advantage of these cancer treatment resources included with your health plan coverage:



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