Cancer Prevention & Management

Healthful living is our best defense against cancer.  However, research shows that even the healthiest of individuals may not escape genetic pre-disposition. Good news, healthy living also provides positive impact on getting through cancer treatment and recover.

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 In 2016, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Health Risk Assessment results indicated that employee cancer risk was 59% (moderate to high risk), with consideration to both modifiable and non-modifiable factors- include an aging population of approximately 50% of our workforce over the age of 50.

The University of Nebraska is utilizing the five pillar framework of the “CEO Gold Standard University", as a guideline for this resource. The ultimate goal for 2018-2019 is to apply for and be accredited as a “Gold Standard University”, joining Ohio State in the Big X. The five Key Standards, or Pillars, are listed below.

In an effort to prevent and/or manage cancer that will impact our employees, the University of Nebraska wellness team has created a comprehensive resource page focused on cancer risk reduction, early detection, access to clinical trials and high quality care. In other words, the goal of this page it to provide easy-to-use directions to navigate university resources available to you or your loved one(s) during health crisis. 

Pillar 1: Prevention

Tobacco-Free Workplace

  • In January 2018, the University of Nebraska has become a smoke-free tobacco free campus. To learn more about the policy and discover resources for faculty/staff and students, visit the Tobacco Free website.
  • As part of the commitment to a healthy university, the University provides both free and low cost cessation resources to students and employees
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Nutrition & Healthy Weight

According to the most recent research by the American Cancer Society, as many as 20% of all cancer diagnoses in the United States could be prevented by:
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Consume a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant sources
  • Choose foods and beverages in amounts that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit consumption of processed meats and red meats
  • Eat at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day
  • Choose whole-grain instead of refined-grain products
  • Limited alcohol consumption; If you drink at all, drink no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women or two per day for men
  • Engaged in regular physical activity
UNL’s 2018 HRA self-reported data indicated, these were areas of growth for employees.

Continue reading more about Nutrition and Healthy Weight.

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Physical Activity

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Just 30 min/day of a physically active lifestyle not only keeps your joints happy, but may also provide a higher quality life as it slows the aging process and decreases your risk of cancer and other diseases. Make activity part of your daily lifestyle.

Continue reading more about Physical Activity.

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Employee and Student Insurance provides coverage for the following vaccines:
  • FDA-approved and CDC-recommended vaccines against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for both males and females.
  • FDA-approved and CDC-recommended vaccines against the Hepatitis B virus (HBV).

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Pillar 2: Screening

Our health benefit plans cover, at either no cost or at a reasonable cost-sharing level, screening services for breast, colorectal and cervical cancer. For a comprehensive list of recommended screenings based on age and gender click here.


Pillar 3: Cancer Clinical Trials

  • Clinical trials may be available to you. You may speak with your oncologist or the Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center offers a list of ongoing clinical trials. Please be sure to also check with Nebraska Benefits office for insurance questions, prior to committing to a trial.

For more information, visit the Human Resources home page or call them at 402-472-3101.

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Pillar 4: Quality Treatment and Survivorship

  • Cancer is not just a physical disease. Cancer’s impact is physical, emotional and financial for the individual diagnosed, as well as for loved ones. The University’s Employee Assistance Program provides counseling for employees and their insureds, covering topics such as emotional wellbeing at diagnosis, during and after treatment. 

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Pillar 5: Health Education and Health Promotion

Please carefully review all of the materials within this website, as many on campus and national resources are referenced. If you have specific personal requests, we encourage you to speak directly with your physician or oncologist first.  Request a group workshop/training on the primary prevention of cancer, namely:

  • Healthy Lifestyles for Cancer Prevention, including: Nutrition, physical activity and weight management. Fill out a Workshop Request Form.
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Life’s Simple 7 is an online program, based on the American Heart Association recommendation for heart health, but applies to prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases.