If you are a woman from age 40 – 64 and do not have insurance that covers important cancer screenings, please contact Ann or Vivian at Dallas County Public Health, 515-993-3750.
The Care For Yourself program funds breast and cervical cancer detection screenings. The program is primarily for women ages 40-64, but can also help women 65 and over who do not have Medicare Part B, as well as women under age 40 who have a breast lump. Care For Yourself participants of any age must be within the income guidelines for the program. To be eligible, the women must have no insurance that covers screening, or be unable to pay insurance deductibles or co-payments.
Care For Yourself emphasizes early detection of breast and cervical cancer, as well as being heart healthy. The screenings include a clinical breast exam, a pelvic exam, blood pressure checks, and body mass index. Participants who are smokers are offered assistance with smoking cessation. If the participant is due for or has never had a pap test and/or a mammogram, Care For Yourself will pay for these diagnostic tests. If the screenings find an abnormal or non-conclusive result, Care For Yourself pays for further testing as needed.
Care For Yourself is meant to be an early detection program, so treatment is not covered. If a participant is diagnosed with cancer, she is referred to other programs that provide funding for cancer treatment. Examples are the Susan G. Komen foundation and the American Cancer Society.
If you do not have insurance that covers breast and cervical cancer screenings, or if your insurance for these tests includes co-payments that make the tests out of reach for you, please call Dallas County Public Health at 515-993-3750.