The North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP) provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings and follow-up to eligible women in North Carolina. Each year, NC BCCCP strives to provide services to over 12,000 women.
NC BCCCP services are offered at most local health departments as well as some community health centers, hospitals and private physicians’ offices across the state. Approximately 102 local health agencies work in cooperation with physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities to provide services to eligible North Carolina women.
NC BCCCP provides services to North Carolina women who:
- are uninsured or underinsured;
- are without Medicare Part B or Medicaid;
- are between ages 40 - 64 for breast screening services and 21 - 64 for cervical screening services; and
- have a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.
BCCCP eligible women may also be eligible for NC WISEWOMAN, which provides cardiovascular disease screening, and helps women to improve their diet, physical activity, and other life habits to prevent, delay, or control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.
- Clinical breast exams
- Screening mammograms
- Pap tests
- Diagnostic procedures, as indicated (diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, colposcopies, breast and cervical biopsies)
- Medical consultations
Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid (BCCM) provides funding for treatment to NC BCCCP enrolled clients who are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer and who meet additional requirements. BCCM eligible women must be enrolled in NC BCCCP prior to a cancer diagnosis.
Compared to other groups, there are significant differences in the rates of minority women who are diagnosed with breast and cervical cancers and who die from these diseases. NC BCCCP has focused increased recruitment and education strategies to prompt more African American, Hispanic, and American Indian women to get breast and cervical cancer screenings.