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Cancer Screening

Cancer Screening

Early detection of disease saves lives, our Women's Health/Cancer Screening Program is designed with your needs in mind. Screening and prevention are important tools for your good health. Check into these services today!  

Eligibility Criteria:
In 1990 legislation (KRS 214.554) established the Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program (KWCSP) in the Department for Public Health.  The KWCSP provides breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic follow-up services and case management utilizing federal grant monies from the National Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) as well as stae and local funds.

A women may be eligible for low cost breast and cervical cancer screening through the KWCSP if she meets the following requirements:

  • age 21 to 64 years
  • household income of less than 250% of the current annual federal poverty guidelines
  • no third party payer source (No Medicare,no Medicaid and no private health insurance)

Mammography Criteria (for women younger than 40)
  • previous diagnosis of breast cancer
  • history of chest wall radiation
  • family history of pre-menopausal breast cancer

Women with incomes below 100% of the poverty level receive services at low cost. Women between 100 and 250% of the poverty level are charged according to a sliding fee schedule based on household income. Women are never denied services based on an inability to pay. Women who do not meet eligibility for cancer screening services through other Kentucky Department for Public Health programs, including Family Planning and Adult Preventive Health, at Local Health Departments.

Provision of Services:
Cancer screening services are provided by a physician, nurse practitioner, or a specially trained registered nurse at a Local Health Department or contracted healthcare provider. A cancer screening visit includes a health history (a physical examination including Pap test and clinical breast exam, laboratory tests, referral for annual mammogram for women ages 40 and over, and risk reduction counseling). Nurse facilitated case management is also provided for follow-up in the event of abnormal results. Patients are encouraged to receive all services; however, the patient retains the right to refuse any part of the exam.

Local Health Departments contract with local providers for mammograms and diagnostic tests. In counties where there is not a certified mammography facility, or where an agreement cannot be established, a contract is established with a neighboring county or with a mobile mammography unit. There are approximately 162 mammography facilities available to screen Local Health Department clients across the state. Technical assistance from program staff members is available to help Local Health Departments identify providers for potential establishment of contracts or to assist with funding to assure transportation of patients to appointments.   

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