Preventive screenings are a part of lifelong wellness

A screening looks for cancer before you have any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.

Scientists are trying to better understand which people are more likely to get certain types of cancer. They also study the things we do and the things around us to see if they cause cancer. This information helps doctors recommend who should be screened for cancer, which screening tests should be used and how often the tests should be done.

TRICARE covers clinical preventive services. Learn more about breast, colorectal and cervical cancer screenings, as well as diabetes screenings by exploring this section of our site or learn more about other covered preventive services at

Disclaimer: Clinical preventive referral requirements

It is important for beneficiaries to use network providers for services whenever possible. Prime beneficiaries must have an approved referral on file before receiving clinical preventive services (including colorectal screenings) from a non-network provider, or Point of Service (POS) will apply.

Important information on possible alternative to colonoscopy: Cologuard™

TRICARE will also cover stool DNA testing (e.g. Cologuard™) once every three years starting at age 45 for those who have an average risk of colon cancer. Exact Science, (the only laboratory provider that offers Cologuard), is considered non-network for TRICARE Prime. Therefore, an approved referral is required for Prime beneficiaries prior to testing or POS will apply.