Screening

Learn what screening option is best for your life stage.

Step 1 – Find A Screening Location Near You

Congratulations. You’ve made the decision to have better health and get screened. We are here to help. Our first step is to help you find a medical center where you can get screened.

Here is a map of the twenty four main hospitals in Alaska.
Here is a map of tribal health hospitals and clinics in Alaska.
Here is a map of our partners, with offices that can assist you in your search.


Step 2 – See if additional screening is right for you

I am age 18-39


Mammogram
You still have a few years before your first recommended mammogram!

Pap Test
Get a Pap test every 3 years if you are 21 or older and have a healthy cervix.
If you are 30 or older, you can get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years.

Colorectal
You still have a few years before your first recommended colorectal exam!

I am age 40-49


Mammogram
This may be a great time to get started. Discuss your options with a doctor or nurse.

Pap Test
Get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years if you have a cervix.

Colorectal
You still have a few years before your first recommended colorectal exam!

I am age 50-64


Mammogram
Starting at age 50, get screened every 2 years.

Pap Test
Get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years if you have a cervix.

Colorectal
Starting at age 50, get screened for colorectal cancer.
Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.

I am age 65 or older


Mammogram
Get screened every 2 years through age 74.Age 75 and older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to be screened.

Pap Test
Ask your doctor or nurse if you need to get a Pap test.

Colorectal
Get screened for colorectal cancer through age 75.
Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.


Step 3: Gather your financial information

Most insurance companies cover the cost of screening. However, it is also common to be without insurance. For those who are paying out of pocket expenses, our financial guidelines can help you determine if you qualify for help. The median cost of a mammogram in Anchorage is $250. The average cost of a Pap test is under $75.


Step 4: Harness the Power of Your Personal Network

We get it. Screening can be stressful. But you don’t have to do it alone. Now is the time to let the people closest to you know what you are up to. Share your reasons for getting screened – whether it is for your own health, or because you care about your family, or out of a sense of responsibility for your community – whatever the reason the people who know you best will want to support you and provide the good vibes that give you strength.


Step 5: Learn More

For common symptoms associated with Breast Cancer click here.
For common symptoms associated with Cervical Cancer click here.
For healthy recipes to support your wellness plan click here.
For unique ways to support yourself click here.
If you are a caregiver of someone who is undergoing treatment click here.
If you are a family member of someone who is undergoing treatment click here.
For informational and inspirational videos, click here.

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