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County covers certain women's health screenings

La Salle County Health Department, through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program grant, can pay for mammograms and pap smears for women between the ages of 35 and 64 who live in La Salle or Grundy counties and have no insurance (regardless of income) or whose insurance has a high deductible.

Low-income women and women with no insurance die from breast and cervical cancer more often than other women. These high mortality rates are attributed in part to the fact that these women generally do not receive regular mammograms and pap smears. As a result, cancers are diagnosed at later stages when it is more difficult to treat and the chances for survival are smaller.

Through IBCCP, La Salle County Health Department is working to increase breast and cervical cancer awareness and break that cycle of late-stage treatment for uninsured and low-income women. IBCCP provides free mammograms and pap smears for those women who qualify and assistance with paying the deductible for those who are insured.

For women who do not qualify for the IBCCP program or have related charges not covered by the IBCCP grant, there are a limited amount of community donated funds to assist with those services. Call 815-433-3366 for further information.

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