Cancer Prevention

Cancer Screening

Cancer Screening

Age-appropriate cancer screenings for breast, colorectal and cervical cancer can increase survivorship, reduce health care costs, and help maintain a healthy and productive workforce. As such, states and local communities may consider implementing policies designed to increase overall screening rates as well as specifically address racial and income disparities in existing rates. The workplace is an environment that may benefit from not only employer intervention but also state and local policy adoption. Review the following resources for information about workplace policies, and contact the Policy Center at tobacco@tobaccopolicycenter.org for more information.

Cancer Screenings: Workplace Policies to Improve Screening Rates
Research report identifying the need to increase screening rates for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, and identifying two workplace policies that may advance that effort.

Paid Leave-Benefit for Employee and Employer
Fact sheet describing the benefits of paid leave employment policies.

Developing a Paid Leave Policy
Fact sheet identifying key considerations for developing a paid leave policy for employees

HPV Vaccination

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common infection in the United States that causes multiple types of cancer as well as other negative health outcomes. HPV is easily preventable by vaccination, yet the vaccination is largely underutilized. Local policies promoting HPV vaccination are needed to reach Healthy People 2020 targets of 80 percent coverage for both males and females. Many local communities are well-positioned to implement policies to improve HPV vaccine uptake and thus prevent cancer and long-term health costs. Contact the Policy Center at tobacco@tobaccopolicycenter.org to learn more about specific policy strategies that may improve HPV vaccine uptake in your community.