Spread awareness, talk to your doctor, and get tested

Published: April 16, 2014

Minorities disproportionately shoulder the burden of cancer. Join Sparrow in supporting National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, April 13-19, by encouraging those around you to get tested.

"It's vital that people, especially minorities, recognize the fact they need to be screened or tested for cancer. Many cancers, including breast, cervical, colorectal, lung and prostate, have tests that can detect them early, often when they are more treatable. Please talk with your doctor and discuss any family history of cancer that may put you at higher risk," said Theresa Pruder, Manager, Radiation Oncology at the Sparrow Cancer Center.

Sparrow, working with the Michigan Cancer Consortium and the Capital Area United Way, regularly participates in community outreach for high-risk populations on topics including tobacco use and screening opportunities, among others.

Under the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans cover recommended preventive services including testing for different cancers at no out-of-pocket cost. Check with your plan to find out what is covered.

If you do not have health insurance, you may be eligible for coverage through Michigan's Medicaid expansion, the Healthy Michigan Plan, which opened for enrollment on April 1. 

Dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and support of Patients with cancer all under one roof, the Sparrow Cancer Center offers the latest in surgical, medical and radiation oncology with access to clinical trials unique to the area. For more information on the Sparrow Cancer Center, visit Sparrow.org/Cancer or call 517.364.2780