Breast Cancer Screening 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
- 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
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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