Women's Health

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 age 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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