Cervical cancer affects more than 13,000 women in the United States each year. Although this type of cancer is common, it can be prevented. By scheduling regular screening tests and follow-up care with your medical provider, your risk factors for developing cervical cancer can be reduced.
What is a cervical cancer screening?
The screening for cervical cancer is often called a Pap test, or Pap smear, and is performed in a medical clinic. During your appointment, your provider will collect cells from the cervix and send them to a laboratory. The cells will be checked to see if they look normal.
When should I have a cervical cancer screening?
It is encouraged that women begin getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21. Women aged 21-29 should be screened every three years and those that are 30-65 should be screened every five years. Once a woman turns 65, her medical provider may tell her she does not need to be screened anymore. If you have a higher risk for cervical cancer, your medical provider may recommend you get screened more often.
What are the cervical cancer risk factors?
Factors that can cause a woman to be at a higher risk of cervical cancer include:
- Having given birth to 3 or more children
- Being younger than 17 at your first pregnancy
- Having a family history of cervical cancer
How much does a cervical cancer screening cost?
Women are able to get their cervical cancer screening at Scenic Bluffs. Most insurances cover the cost of the screening. If you are uninsured, and qualify for our sliding-fee scale program, called the Healthy Neighbor Plan, your charges for the screening may be reduced.
For women aged 45-64, assistance may be available through the Wisconsin Well Woman Program. Well Woman pays for mammograms, Pap tests, cervical cancer screenings, multiple sclerosis testing for high risk women, and certain other health screenings. Covered services are available from participating health care providers at no cost to Well Woman clients. There is no premium, co-payment, or deductible for the Well Woman Program. Scenic Bluffs has Patient Access Coordinators who can assist you in enrolling for the program at no cost to you.
How do I schedule an appointment?
If you’d like to schedule a medical visit for a cervical cancer screening (Pap test), please call Scenic Bluffs at 608-654-5100.