January is Cervical Cancer Screening month. The Black Hawk County Health Department wants women to know that lack of money or insurance are no longer reasons to put off getting a pap smear. By getting regular pap smears, women can determine if they are having changes in their cervix before it turns to cancer.
The Department’s Care for Yourself program has immediate openings for women seeking their annual well woman exams and mammograms. The funding for the program comes from the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
To qualify women must:
Be between the ages of 40-64
Live in Black Hawk, Buchanan, Fayette, Tama or Grundy counties
Have no insurance or have a high deductible/co-pay on their insurance.
Meet income guidelines (Household of 2 can make up to $39,325/net per year)
For more information or to enroll, women are encouraged to call 319-292-2225. Women who live outside of these counties can call 1-800-369-2229 and they will be directed to the program serving their county.
If the Care for Yourself program is right for you, local staff will determine if participants are eligible for either a free take home stool test or a colonoscopy. Access to FREE colon cancer screening is available through the Black Hawk County Health Department until March 31, 2015.
To qualify you must:
Be between the ages of 50-64
Live in Black Hawk, Buchanan, Fayette, Tama or Grundy counties
Have no insurance or have a high deductible/co-pay on their insurance.
Not have Medicaid, Medicare Part B, or Iowa Wellness.
Meet income guidelines (Household of 2 can make up to $39,325/net per year)
Not be experiencing symptoms of colon cancer.
To reduce your risk, you must have regular colon cancer screening.
For more information or to enroll in the program, people are encouraged to contact the Iowa Get Screened program at 319-292-2225.