Health Net Federal Services Hosts Month-Long Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign among Military Com

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Health Net Federal Services Hosts Month-Long Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign among Military Communities

Regular screening may help to prevent colorectal cancer

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Net Federal Services, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYS: HNT) , today announced its month-long colorectal cancer campaign throughout March to raise awareness of the importance of colorectal screenings in the effort to help prevent colon and rectal cancers among individuals 50 years of age and above in military communities.


Health Net Federal Services' goal is to increase the number of beneficiaries in the TRICARE® North Region who obtain colorectal cancer screenings.

"At Health Net Federal Services we understand preventive health care is critical to overall well-being. This month we are proud to join national organizations across the country to raise awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screenings within the military community," said Tom Carrato, president, Health Net Federal Services. "TRICARE covers routine colorectal cancer screenings at no cost to TRICARE beneficiaries when they see a network provider. We are proud to help make preventive screenings, such as the colorectal cancer screening, easily accessible to those we serve."

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States, excluding skin cancers. As part of its campaign, Health Net Federal Services wants to raise awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screenings, which can help to prevent colorectal cancer by finding polyps before they turn into cancer. If colorectal cancer is diagnosed during a screening, it is highly curable when detected early.

While many people do not experience symptoms from polyps or colorectal cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify the following symptoms individuals may have:

  • Blood in or on stool
  • Stomach pain, aches or cramps that don't go away
  • Unexplained weight loss

To learn more about colorectal cancer awareness, screening and prevention, visit Health Net Federal Services' Colorectal Cancer Awareness campaign at www.hnfs.com and Health Net Federal Services' Facebook page throughout the month of March. The campaign is scheduled to kick off with the Colon Cancer Alliance's national Dress in Blue Day and will feature resources, events, the story of a colorectal cancer survivor, webinars, provider education and more.

About Health Net Federal Services

Health Net Federal Services is the managed health care contractor for the Department of Defense's health care program, TRICARE, in the north region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky (except Fort Campbell), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In addition, the TRICARE North Region covers a small portion of Missouri and Iowa.

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net provides and administers health benefits to approximately 5.4 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as "Part D"), Medicaid, Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Through its subsidiaries, Health Net also offers behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs, managed health care products related to prescription drugs, managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers, and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Net's websites at www.healthnet.com or www.HNFS.com.

Medical Advice Disclaimer

The information provided is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for professional medical care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other health provider for any questions you may have regarding your medical condition and follow your health care provider's instructions.

This release contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Health Net. Please be aware that Health Net is not responsible for the contents linked or referred to from this release. Links to other websites are provided for the user's convenience. Health Net does not express an opinion on the content or the properties of such linked websites and disclaims any liability in connection therewith.

TRICARE is a registered trademark of the TRICARE Management Activity. All rights reserved.



Health Net Federal Services Contact:
Molly Tuttle, (916) 351-5355
molly.tuttle@healthnet.com
or
Health Net, Inc. Contact:
Brad Kieffer, (818) 676-6833
brad.kieffer@healthnet.com

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