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Cervical Cancer Screening FAQ



Cervical cancer is one of the easiest gynecologic cancers to manage and cure if it is detected early with regular screening tests and follow-ups.

Around half of Fresno Unified School District’s population in the recommended screening range is currently past due for their cervical cancer screening.

Early on, cervical cancer may not cause signs and symptoms, which is why regular preventative screenings are so important. If you are unsure if you or one of your covered dependents may be overdue for a cervical cancer screening, then please review the information below to confirm and get your screening scheduled!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should get a screening?

Women ages 21 to 65 years should get a screening every three to five years depending on the testing method used. If you are unsure how long it has been since your last screening, contact the provider you were last screened at to confirm.

Will I have to pay for the preventive screening?

No. Preventive cervical cancer screenings are 100% covered by FUSD medical plans. When you call to make your appointment, make sure to tell the provider you are coming in for your preventive screening. As long as you just go for your screening, it will be covered. If you try to discuss other concerns or problems, the doctor may bill you for an office visit instead of a preventive exam. You will need to schedule separate appointments to address other health concerns. If you have a screening done before you are actually due for one, it may not be covered at 100%.

What if I am overdue for a screening?

If you know you are overdue for your screening and have a provider, contact them today to get an appointment scheduled. If you do not have a provider, you can find an in-network provider. You can also call the customer service phone number on the back of your medical insurance card for assistance.

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