The Black Hawk County Health Department wants women to know that lack of money or insurance are no longer reasons to put off getting their well woman physical. They are now offering free cancer screenings.

The Care for Yourself program at the Black Hawk County Health Department has immediate openings for women seeking their annual pap smear and mammogram. Enrollments are being accepted through May 1, 2017. Qualified women can obtainscreening at the provider/location of their choice.

The program covers:

  • Well woman physical
  • Pap Smear and/or pelvic exam
  • Mammogram
  • Diagnostic testing if needed

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 $39,825/net per year)

For more information or to enroll in the program, women are encouraged to contact the Care for Yourself program at 319-292-2225. Women who live outside of these counties can call 1-866-339-7909 and they will be directed to the program serving their county. The toll free number does have Spanish interpreters available as well.

The Care for Yourself Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (IA BCCEDP) services are part of a national program that helps reduce deaths from these two diseases. To reduce your risk, you must have regular screening tests. If the Care for Yourself BCCEDP is right for you, local staff can help you schedule:

  • clinical breast exams
  • mammograms
  • pelvic exams
  • pap tests

If the tests you receive through the Care for Yourself BCCEDP show you have breast or cervical cancer, local staff will help you find treatment and access Medicaid for coverage.