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Vaccine Information Statements are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives who should get vaccinated, the benefits, risks and side effects of a vaccine.

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Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Age 40 – 64 years of age
  • 65 years old or older and have not enrolled in Medicare Part B
  • Under 40 years old and have a breast lump or other signs of breast cancer
  • At or below 250% of the federal poverty income level
  • No health insurance
  • Insurance that does not cover services
  • Have a high deductible or copay
  • No Medicare Part B


  • Clinical breast exams
  • Mammograms
  • Pap tests
  • Pelvic exams
  • Some diagnostic tests
  • Blood pressure tests
  • Blood cholesterol and other lipid tests
  • Blood sugar (fasting glucose)

Why are regular breast and cervical exams so important?

  • All women are at risk for breast cancer.
  • As women age, they are more likely to develop breast cancer.
  • Regular mammograms and Pap tests help find these cancers.
  • Women past menopause often are not tested for cancer of the cervix.
  • Early detection is key to find and treat cancer. 

Important ways to take care of your health are to:

  • Know what normal is for you
  • Get pap tests, pelvic exams and clinical breast exams
  • Have a mammogram beginning at 40
  • Decrease smoking - Quitline Iowa
  • Have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose checked annually and more frequently if recommended
  • Eat heart healthy foods
  • Be active most days of the week
  • Tell your healthcare provider about your concerns

How much do these tests cost?

Through the Care for Yourself Program and other grant funding that is available; you may be eligible to receive breast and cervical cancer screening tests at no cost. 

Iowa Care for Yourself Program
Wisewomen Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Breast Cancer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Cervical Cancer
Susan G. Komen
Iowa Susan G. Komen

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