The Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program is a federally funded, public health program providing free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnositic services to eligibe women in Kentucky. Services like mammograms and Pap tests are offered through local health departments and participating clinics around the state.
Screening eligibility requirements
Women ages 21 and older
Houldhold income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level
No health insurance including Medicaid and Medicacre Part B
Where do I find a provider?
KWCSP providers are located across the commonwealth. To find the provider nearest you call toll free (844) 249-0708
When should screening begin?
While when and whether to get breast and cervical cancer screening is a personal choice, significant body of medical evidence shows early detection is a primary factor in the successful treatment of breast and cervical cancer. Recommended screening schedules are:
Breast cancer screening
- Ages 40-49: Women in this age group may choose to begin getting mammograms every two years.
- Ages 50-74: Screening mammograms every other year should begin by age 50.
Note: Women with certain risk factors should consider getting mammogram screening at an earlier age and more frequently. Ask your healthcare provider when the best time is for you to begin and maintain regular screenings.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Ages 21-29: Pap test every three years
Ages 30-65: Women in this age group may choose to get a Pap test every three years, a primary human papillomavirus test every five years or both tests every five years
Note: Women with certain risk factors or abnormal screening tests may need to be screened more often and/or screened beyond age 65. Ask your helthcare provider how often you should have a cervical cancer screening.
Understanding Breast Cancer Treatment: A Guide for Patients is a booklet developed by the National Cancer Institute to help women diagnosed with breast cancer make treatment decisions. The booklet can be obtained by calling the Cancer Information Service at toll free at (800) 4-CANCER/(800) 422-6237)
Providers Practice Prevention
Contact: Kris Paul, MSN, APRN
University of Louisville Kentucky Cancer Program
501 E. Broadway, Suite 160
Louisville, KY 40202