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Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

Florida Department of Health in Hardee County

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

Breast Screening

In accordance with the revised 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening guidelines, early detection is possible through mammograms beginning at the age of 50, or earlier if family history puts one at increased risk, or as decided by the physician in consultation with the patient. After age 50, mammograms are recommended every 2 years or as advised by the women's physician.

U.S. Task Force Preventive Screening Guidelines
American Cancer Society Screening Guidelines

Cervical Screening

New Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society/American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology/American Society for Clinical Pathology, released March 2012.

 New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening

The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Program makes it easy to get the breast and cervical cancer screenings doctors recommend. The screenings are free or low cost if you meet program eligibility requirements.

You Qualify if You

  • Are 50 to 64 years of age and,
  • Do not have insurance that covers the service and,
  • Are a woman and,
  • Meet income guidelines which are a household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.