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Screening for Life provides payment for cancer screening tests to qualified Delaware adults. The program is a cooperative effort of the Delaware Division of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Cancers can be treated more effectively if they are found early, and Screening for Life can help you get the tests you need at the recommended times.
What Services Does the Program Provide?
Eligible individuals can receive:
- Office visits
- Mammograms and clinical breast exams
- Pap tests
- Prostate cancer screening tests recommended by your doctor
- Colorectal cancer screening tests recommended by your doctor
- Lung cancer screening tests, if recommended by your doctor and you meet criteria
- Health education
- Help with coordinating associated care
To be eligible for these services, you must meet age, income and insurance guidelines. Go to the following link to find out if you are eligible:
Information About Eligibility Guidelines
Enrollment is easy. Call the Screening for Life program. If you are eligible, you will be enrolled and mailed information on how to schedule your appointment with a participating health care provider. Screening for Life will help you get the recommended exams for your age and health history.
Who Should Have The Exams?*
- Pap Tests: All women age 21 and older, especially if they are active sexually, should have regular Pap tests and pelvic exams.
- Breast Exams: All women should have their breasts examined by a doctor or other health professional once a year.
- Mammograms: Women age 40 and older should have regular mammograms, as recommended by their doctor or health professional.
- Prostate Tests: Men age 50 and older (African American men 40 and older) should talk with their doctor or other health care professional about prostate cancer screening tests. Screening tests include Prostate Screening Antigen (PSA) test, and Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
- Colorectal Tests: Men and women age 45 and older should have regular colorectal cancer screening tests, as recommended by their doctor or health care professional. These tests may include colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or home-test kits (called FIT, for Fecal Immunochemical Test).
- Lung Test: Men and women who are 55-80 years of age may be eligible for a lung cancer screening if they: currently smoke or have quit smoking during the past 15 years; and smoke or smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years, or two packs a day for 15 or more years.
*Talk with your doctor about individual screening recommendations. If you have a family history of cancer or are experiencing certain symptoms, you may qualify for screening at an earlier age.
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