BREAST & CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING
Cervical Diagnostic Benefits:
This program allocates state funds for the diagnostic follow-up of abnormal Pap smears. Follow-up is based upon the policies and procedures outlined by the BCCP Program. Follow-up is mandated for clients in all women’s health programs.
State Breast and Cervical Program:
This program provides breast and cervical screening/re-screening and diagnostic services to women, targeting those ages 40-64 who are within 200% of the federal poverty level and uninsured. Health Department nurses provide clinical breast exams and paps as well as education regarding effective self-breast exam and healthy life style choices. Clients are referred to certified mammography facilities for screening and diagnostic mammography procedures. Partnerships with area surgeons enable clients in need of biopsies to get these services at a reduced cost. In the event that cancer is diagnosed, health department staff assists clients to apply for Women’s Health Medicaid coverage, which covers all forms of treatment.
BreasTEST and More (BT&M):
This program is very similar to the state breast and cervical program, however, it is funded through a grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It targets women 50-64, those at highest risk for developing breast cancer. Clients receive the same type of services both through the health department and the community partners. The goal of both programs is to reach women never or rarely screened and to provide comprehensive breast and cervical services to reduce morbidity and mortality.
For more information contact Women’s Health at 706.845.4035.