Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program
Women's Cancer Screening Program
275 E. Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40621
Fax: (502) 564-1552
The Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program of the Department for Public Health provides breast and cervical screening and follow-up services, professional education, public education, outreach, quality assurance and surveillance. Screening and follow-up services are provided from local health care providers through contracts with local health departments. The program is funded by both state and federal funds and is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
Recognizing the value of screening and early detection, Congress passed the Breast and Cervical Mortality Prevention Act of 1990 which authorized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide critical breast and cervical cancer screening services to underserved women, including older women, women with low incomes and racial and ethnic minority women.
Through its landmark National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, CDC now supports screening activities in all 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and through 15 American Indian/Alaska Native organizations. By October 1997, more than 1.5 million screening tests had been provided by the NBCCEDP.
Fiscal year 1999 appropriations of approximately $158 million enabled CDC to expand access to screening and follow-up services, increase education and outreach programs for women and health care providers and improve quality assurance measures for screening.
In 1990, Senate Bill 41 was passed, establishing a breast cancer screening program in the Kentucky Department for Public Health. In addition to setting out general guidelines for the operation of a breast cancer screening program, SB 41 established a Breast Cancer Advisory Committee for the purpose of advising the Commissioner of the Department for Public Health on developing guidelines for breast cancer screening services. The 1994 General Assembly made amendments to the original statute with passage of House Bill 931 which clarified statute language, added three new members to the Breast Cancer Advisory Committee and expanded reporting requirements to the Governor and Legislature. The 1998 General Assembly again amended existing law designating Nov. 1 as the due date for the annual report and adding a radiologist to the Advisory Committee.
"Understanding Breast Cancer Treatment: A Guide for Patients"
This booklet was developed by the National Cancer Institute to assist women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in making treatment decisions. The booklet can be obtained by contacting the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
"Providers Practice Prevention", contact: Celeste Tucker, Kentucky Cancer Program, Brown Cancer Center/University of Louisville, 529 South Jackson St., Louisville, KY 40292. Phone (502) 852-6318 Fax - (502) 852-4554.
Breast cancer screening
Prior to 1990, local health departments in Kentucky provided limited breast cancer screening services consisting of instruction on breast self-examination and counseling on risk factors for breast cancer. When new state funds became available in 1990, local health departments in all 120 counties expanded their services to include clinical breast exams, referrals for screening mammograms and referrals for follow-up diagnostic tests.
In 2005, 12,799 women in Kentucky were screened through the Women's Cancer Screening Program.
Cervical cancer screening
Cervical cancer screening (Pap tests) have been provided through local health departments since the 1960s. Pelvic examinations and referrals for diagnostic tests are available to eligible women at local health departments in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program provides low-cost mammograms and Pap tests through health departments in every county.
Three factors are used to determine eligibility for breast cancer screening:
- uninsured (no private insurance, no Medicaid, no Medicare).
Women age 40-64 who meet guidelines are eligible for screenings every year.
Women younger than 40 are eligible to receive screening services if they have a family history of breast cancer.
Low-cost annual Pap tests are provided to uninsured women at or below 250 percent of the poverty level beginning three years after the onset of sexual activity or no later than 21 years of age.
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