Cancer Screening

Women’s Cancer Screening

The Kentucky Women’s Cancer screening program helps make sure that all Kentucky women have access to timely breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services.

Recommended Screenings

  • PAP test, which screens for cervical cancer:
    • Most women need a PAP screening starting at age 21 and every three years after if test results are normal.
    • Women over age 30 may also get an HPV test. If results are normal, they can extend cervical cancer screenings to every five years.
  • Screening mammogram for breast cancer:
    • At age 40, women should talk to their health care provider about when to start and how often to have a mammogram and share their family history or other risk factors.

Where to go

Women with private health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid should contact their primary care provider or OB/GYN to schedule the screenings.

Those without health coverage can get cancer screening services at the Health Department’s county health centers.

To be eligible for the screenings at the health centers, women must be:

  • A Kentucky resident
  • Between the ages of 40 and 64
  • Have an income below 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Not be enrolled in a private health insurance plan, Medicare or Medicaid

If abnormalities are found during a screening, follow-up care—including additional screenings, biopsies and cancer treatment is available.

More information

To schedule a women’s cancer screening appointment, contact the county health center most convenient for you.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention