Early Detection Can Save Lives.
Nearly all breast cancers can be treated successfully if detected early. Mammography can detect breast cancer about two years before physical systems develop. Studies have shown that early detection, followed by prompt, appropriate treatment, saves lives and increases treatment options.
The Show Me Healthy Women program at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to thousands of Missouri women who meet specific income and age guidelines.
Women who are uninsured and those with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to participate in the Show Me Healthy Women program. Services available may vary by program year, based on available program funding.
- Women age 35-64, or older without Medicare Part B, are eligible for free Pap tests, pelvic exams and clinical breast exams.
- Women age 40-64 are also eligible for free mammograms based on available funding.
- Treatment is also available to women diagnosed with cancer through this program.
Now is the time to join the thousands of women who have received annual breast and cervical cancer screenings through the Show Me Healthy Women program. According to the state health department, over 93,000 women are eligible for the free cancer screening services.
Are you, or someone you know, eligible for these free screening services? To find out more, call the National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Service at 800-422-6237 and press option 1. You can also call the Show Me Healthy Women program at 573-522-2840, or visit health.mo.gov/smhw. •