Cancer Screening Coverage

Insurance policies have inconsistent coverage for cancer screening tests.

Cancer screening is one of the country’s greatest public health achievements, yet insurance coverage of cancer screening tests will differ depending on a your health care plan. Guidelines issued by three leading organizations offer conflicting advice, creating confusion for patients and providers.

Get the facts about which screenings your insurance covers and how your policy impacts your access to prevention.

Note: Information in this tool is based on data collected from Policy Reporter as of September 2016


The following e-book summarizes current screening options for breast, cervical, colorectal, lung and prostate cancers. It provides an overview of screening guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and compares screening coverage by the nation’s 30 largest health insurers.

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