Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, also referred to as Care for Yourself program, is a low-cost screening program that is available to qualified women ages 50 and over. If these diseases are detected early, they are possibly more treatable and the prognosis is much better. Some of the screening exams that are offered and paid for through this program are Pap test and Pelvic exams, Clinical breast exams (done by your doctor or nurse), Mammograms and doctor visits.
Breast and Cervical Program has been in existence since 1996 and served 97 women in 2010. Many women have been enrolled in the program since its inception and receive annual exams which include mammograms, clinical breast exams and pap smears. Other recipients are new enrollees. The program targets women age 50 and over but has enrolled younger women that are symptomatic with breast problems.
The program is a great relief for lower to middle income families, especially those without insurance. It allows many women to receive annual exams without the financial burden of out-of-pocket expenses. Since it is only a screening program, not all diagnostic tests are covered. Since the passing of the Treatment Act, women who are enrolled in the program and have received a diagnosis of cancer are eligible to receive Medicaid for 3 months in order to cover the cost of cancer treatment.
Webster County Health Department contracts with Calhoun County Public Health to enroll eligible women for BCCEDP. To see if you qualify and/or to enroll for the program please contact:
Calhoun County Public Health
501 Quart St
Rockwell City, IA 50579
Iowa Department of Public Health
|National Cancer Institute||1-800-4-CANCER||www.nci.nih.gov|
|American Cancer Society||1-800-ACS-2345||www.cancer.org|
|National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations||1-800-719-9154||www.nabco.org|
|Susan G. Komen for the Cure||ww5.komen.org|