Clinics That Offer Free or Low-Cost Pap Smears

Pap smears are an important screening tool in cervical cancer diagnosis

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Unfortunately, due to a lack of health insurance and financial struggles, many women miss having regular Pap smears.

But thanks to government and nonprofit programs, no woman has to go without having a regular Pap smear because of financial concerns. This is because of local county health departments across the country, as well as a federally funded program, which offer low cost or free Pap smears, an essential screening test for cervical cancer.

Low Cost and Free Pap Smear Clinics

Local county health departments and women's clinics offer free and low-cost Pap smears. For the uninsured, the cost of the test is usually based on income level.

Your local Planned Parenthood may also offer low-cost Pap smears. Planned Parenthood is an organization that offers sexual and reproductive health care to individuals, regardless of income. You can find your local Planned Parenthood clinic by visiting their website or by calling (800) 230-PLAN.

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is a federally funded program that helps uninsured and impoverished women get regular Pap smears.

The program is available to eligible women ages 18 to 64 who have no insurance (or whose insurance does not cover screening exams) and whose yearly income is at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

Women between the ages of 40 and 64 can also undergo breast cancer screening.

To receive a free or low-cost Pap smear through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, simply find the state in which you reside on the list below and call the provided toll-free number.

Alabama

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
(334) 206-3905

Alaska

Breast and Cervical Health Check
1 (800) 410-6266 (in state)
1 (907) 269-3491 (outside of state)

American Samoa

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
011 (684) 633-2135

Arizona

Well Woman Healthcheck Program
(602) 542-1001

Arkansas

BreastCare Program
1 (877) 670-2273

California

Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts
(916) 449-5300

Colorado

Colorado Women's Cancer Control Initiative
1 (866) 692-2600
(303) 692-2600 (in state)

Connecticut

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
1 (860) 509-7804

Delaware

Screening for Life
1 (888) 459-2943

District of Columbia

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
(202) 442-5900
(888) 833-9474

Georgia

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
(404) 657-6611

Guam

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
1 (850) 245-4455
1 (617) 735-7174

Hawaii

Hawaii Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
(808) 692-7460

Idaho

Women's Health Check
1 (800) 926-2588

Illinois

Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
1 (888) 522-1282

Indiana

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
(317) 234-1356
(800) 433-0746

Iowa

Care for Yourself
1 (800) 369-2229

Kansas

Early Detection Works
1 (877) 277-1368

Kentucky

Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program
(502) 564-7996 Ext. 3821

Louisiana

Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program
1 (888) 599-1073

Maine

Breast and Cervical Health Program
1 (800) 350-5180 (in state)

Maryland

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program
1 (800) 477-9774

Massachusetts

Women’s Health Network
1 (877) 414-4447

Michigan

Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program
1 (800) 922-MAMM

Minnesota

SAGE Screening Program
1 (888) 643-2584

Mississippi

Mississippi Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
1 (800) 721-7222

Missouri

Show Me Healthy Women Program
(573) 522-2845

Montana

Breast and Cervical Health Program
1 (888) 803-9343

Nebraska

Every Woman Matters Program
(402) 471-0929 (in Lincoln)
1 (800) 532-2227 (outside Lincoln)

Nevada

Women's Health Connection
1 (888) 463-8942 (in state)
1 (775) 684-5936 (outside of state)

New Hampshire

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

New Jersey

Cancer Education and Early Detection Program
1 (800) 328-3838

New Mexico

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
(505) 222-8603
(877) 852-2585

New York

Cancer Services Program
1 (800) 4-CANCER
1 (800) ACS-2345

North Carolina

Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program
1 (800) 4-CANCER (in state)
1 (919) 715-0111 (outside of state)

North Dakota

Women's Way Program
1 (800) 449-6636 (in state)
1 (701) 328-2333 (outside of state)

Ohio

Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Project
1 (800) 4-CANCER

Oklahoma

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
1 (888) 669-5934

Oregon

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
(971) 673-0984

Pennsylvania

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
1 (800) 4-CANCER

Puerto Rico

Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program
(787) 274-3300

Republic of Palau

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
011 (680) 488-4612

Rhode Island

Women's Cancer Screening Program
(401) 222-1161

South Carolina

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
1 (800) 227-2345

South Dakota

All Women Count!
1 (800) 738-2301(in state)

Tennessee

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
(615) 532-8494

Texas

Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program
(512) 458-7796

Utah

Utah Cancer Control Program
(801) 538-6712

Vermont

Ladies First
1 (800) 508-2222 1 (800) 319-3141 (TDD)

Virginia

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
1 (800) ACS-2345 (in state)
1 (804) 786-5916 (outside of state)

Washington

Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program
1 (888) 438-2247

West Virginia

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program
1 (800) 4-CANCER

Wisconsin

Well Woman Program

1-608-266-8311

Wyoming

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
1 (800) 264-1296

A Word From Verywell

It's important to note that in addition to a periodic Pap smear, your doctor may also order testing on your cervical cells for human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that is linked to cervical cancer. The good news is that your HPV test can be done at the same time as your Pap smear. Then, depending on your age, medical history, and Pap smear and HPV test results, your doctor will advise you on when to follow-up.

As a final tidbit, it's important to remember to call if you do not receive your Pap smear results—no news does not mean good news, so keep in touch with the clinic that performed your test. 

Sources:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. 

Peirson L, Fitzpatrick-Lewis D, Ciliska D, Warren R. Screening for cervical cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2013;2:35.

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