A commitment to prevention

Our 360-degree approach to fighting cancer begins long before diagnosis. Living healthy and learning early is the best medicine. So we surround members with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to prevent cancer from developing, as well as a rigorous screening system to detect any problems as early as possible.

A healthy lifestyle minimizes risk

Cancer has numerous causes, many of them still unknown. But we do know that lifestyle plays a major role in its development. So, we work with our members to help them make positive changes — whether they involve diet, exercise, weight management, or stopping an unhealthy habit. Because an active lifestyle significantly decreases the risk of several cancers, when you’re a Kaiser Permanente member, we’ll surround you with the tools you’ll need to achieve a healthy activity level. You’ll never be alone when it comes to making positive, healthy changes in your life.

#1 in screenings

We’ve made it our mission to have every member screened on time, every time, so we have implemented effective comprehensive and convenient programs to screen our members for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer. And the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) reports that our breast cancer screening rates for women are the best in all the regions we serve across the nation!1

Graph comparing cancer screening rates for medicare health plans. Kaiser Permanente program average for screenings is higher than the national average for breast cancer and colorectal cancer screenings.
Graph comparing cancer screening rates for medicare health plans. Kaiser Permanente program average for screenings is higher than the national average for breast cancer and colorectal cancer screenings.
Graph comparing cancer screening rates for all health plans. Kaiser Permanente program average for screenings is higher than the national average for breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer screenings.
Graph comparing cancer screening rates for all health plans. Kaiser Permanente program average for screenings is higher than the national average for breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer screenings.
  • *Kaiser Permanente Program Average is the weighted average of each regional health plan’s screening rate and its eligible population.

HEDIS® (the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) is a set of measurements published by NCQA used to evaluate health plan performance on important benchmarks in care and service. Every year, NCQA evaluates hundreds of health plans and many of our programs consistently rate at the top.1

A screening schedule

The key to effective screenings begins with a commitment to making them an important lifelong routine, because regular screenings can detect cancer early, leading to better outcomes.

As a member, your Kaiser Permanente electronic health record and preventive screening protocols will be aligned to create your unique screening schedule. This schedule is available to you online, so it’s easy to look up when you had your last mammogram or colorectal screening, and when the next is due.2

Convenient screening is effective screening

When a screening date approaches or passes, we’ll reach out to you to schedule a screening. If you make an appointment for any other reason, our staff, doctors, and nurses will be notified that a screening is due and will work with you to schedule an appointment — on the same day, whenever possible.2,3

For more detailed information about cancer care, visit kp.org/cancer.

  • 1 Rating is based on Breast Cancer Screening 2012 ratings from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for commercial and medicare plans published by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. HEDIS is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. HEDIS is a registered trademark of the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). For more information, visit ncqa.org.
  • 2 Some features discussed on this website are available only to members receiving care at Kaiser Permanente medical facilities.
  • 3 May vary by region.