Cancer Prevention

Cancer Screening

Cancer Screening

Age-appropriate cancer screenings for breast, colorectal and cervical cancer convey a number of benefits. They can increase survivorship for the individual, reduce health care costs, and help maintain a healthy and productive population.

States and local communities may be interested in implementing policies designed to increase screening rates and address racial and income disparities in existing rates. The workplace is an environment that may benefit from policy intervention. Review the following resources for information about workplace policies, and contact us with any questions.

Cancer Screening Resources

Cancer Screenings: Workplace Policies to Improve Cancer Screening Rates
A technical report on workplace policies to improve preventive cancer screening rates

Paid Leave-A Benefit for Employers and Employees
A fact sheet describing the rationale for paid leave to improve cancer screenings and examples of similar policy implementation

Developing a Paid Leave Policy
A checklist of considerations when developing a paid leave policy

Making the Case for Paid Leave
Presentation slides from February 5, 2015 training

Implementing Paid Leave
Presentation slides from February 5, 2015 training

HPV Vaccination

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. HPV infection causes multiple types of cancer as well as other negative health outcomes, but is easily preventable by vaccination. Local communities are looking for policy strategies to improve HPV vaccine uptake in New York and beyond. In our report, based on the scientific evidence and the experiences of other jurisdictions, we broadly recommend that New York 1) increase education and reduce missed opportunities for HPV vaccination, 2) decrease costs for both patients and providers, 3) expand authority to administer the HPV vaccine, and 4) expand vaccine availability through new venues. Equipped with these policy strategies, New York is uniquely positioned to improve HPV vaccine uptake through collaboration with schools and local health departments, and can build upon its history of progressive public health policy at the local and organizational levels to meet public health targets, prevent cancer and disease, and save health costs in the long run.