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Welcome to the Polk County Health Department
1907 Carpenter Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50314
BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER
Care for yourself…
By taking care of your health
Three of the most important ways for a woman to take care of her health are to:
Do a monthly self breast exam
Have a regular Pap test, pelvic exam, and breast exam
Have a yearly mammogram (if age 40 or older)
How much do these tests cost?
Through the Iowa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, you may be eligible to receive cancer screening tests at no cost.
How? The program has arranged for health care providers across Iowa to provide these services:
Limited diagnostic tests
Through this program you may be able to receive referral for breast and cervical cancer treatment coverage should you be diagnosed with cancer or a pre-cancerous condition.
How can I receive services?
You must meet these eligibility guidelines:
Age - over the age of 40
Income - at or below 250% of the federal poverty income level
no health insurance
insurance that does not cover these services
cannot pay insurance deductibles or co-payments
no Medicare Part B coverage
Why are regular breast and cervical exams so important?
There are many reasons these exams are important:
All women are at risk for breast cancer
Women past menopause often are not treated for cancer of the cervix
As women age, they are more likely to develop breast cancer
Regular mammograms and Pap tests help find these cancers early
Cure rates are higher when cancer is found and treated before it spreads
Where do I sign up?
Don’t wait another day!
Call: 1-800-369-2229 or 1-800-735-2942
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