Screening Saves Lives

In addition to not smoking, age appropriate screening is one of the best ways to prevent cancer. The good news is mammograms, PAP smears and colon cancer screenings are available to anyone regardless of your income or insurance coverage.

Screenings are recommended at various ages:

  • Breast cancer, mammograms: every two years from ages 40-74.
  • Cervical cancer, PAP smears: regularly from age 21. It is recommended an HPV test be done at the same time.
  • Colon cancer: screenings should take place from ages 50-75. If you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, screening should start earlier.

Under the Affordable Care Act, those with insurance can receive screening at no cost sharing. If you are uninsured or worried about cost, the Montana Cancer Screening Program, or other local resources such as Community Health Partners, or Bridgercare, can help.

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