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    Screening Saves Lives
    ​​ ​

    ​​Maryland’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCP) provides breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and patient navigation services to women across the state.​ 

    Eligibility Criteria Services Offered

    §  Maryland resident
    §  40-64 years old for breast cancer screening
    §  21-64 years old for cervical cancer screening
    §  65+, please call for more information
    §  Have a household income at or below 250% of federal poverty guidelines
    §  Have no health insurance or health insurance that does not completely pay for needed services
    §  Have health insurance, but have not been able to get screened or get needed follow-up testing

    §  Clinical breast exam (CBE) 
    §  Mammograms (screening and diagnostic)
    §  Breast ultrasound
    §  Surgical consultation
    §  Breast biopsy
    §  Pap test
    §  HPV test
    §  Colposcopy and cervical biopsy
    §  Patient navigation (services such as help scheduling appoi​ntments and follow-up, finding transportation, interpretation services and more)
    §  Case management
     §  Linkage to treatment, as needed

    *If 65 years or older, please call the program in your area to see what services you may be eligible for, including patient navigation services.​

    There are 2 easy ways to find the services nearest to you:

    1.  Find your county/city of residence in the list below and call your local program:


    Juris​​​​diction/Organ​​iza​tion Telephone ​​Jurisdiction/​​Organization​ ​​Telephone

    Anne Arundel​ County Health Department​​​
    Howard County Health Department
    Baltimore City: MedStar Harbor Hospital; MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
    410-350-2066 Lower Eastern Shore
    Somerset County
    Wicomico County
    Worcester County 
    Baltimore City: U​niversity of Maryland Medical S​ystem​​​
    Mid-Eastern Shore
    Caroline County
    Dorchester County
    Talbot County
    Baltimore County Health Department

    Montgomery County Health Department​​
    Carroll County Health Department
    410-876​-4423​ Prince George’s County: Doctor’s Community Hospital ​301-552-7724
    Cecil County Health Department
    410-996-5168 Southern Maryland
    Calvert County
    Charles County
    St. Mary's County
    301-609-6843 or 301-609-6832
    Frederick County Health Department
    Upper Eastern Shore
    Kent County
    Queen Anne's County
    Harford County Health Department 410-643-3767
    Western Maryland
    Allegany County
    Garrett County
    Washington County

    2. Call 1-800-477-9774 to discuss the best local program for you.

    Screening Guidelines:

    Yearly breast exams, mammograms, and regular Pap tests help to detect breast and cervical problems early.  When problems are found early, they can be treated more easily, potentially adding years to your life.  Women should talk to their provider about the right cancer screening tests for them, which may include:

    ·         A yearly clinical breast exam (CBE).

    ·         A yearly mammogram starting at age 40.

    ·         Regular Pap test starting at age 21.

    ·         Pap with HPV co-testing at age 30. 

    M​ore Information about the Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Program:​

    Since 1992, BCCP has provided more than 282,135 mammograms and 154,303 Pap tests to eligible women in Maryland.  During this time period, the program has diagnosed 2195 breast and 88 cervical cancers, linking those diagnosed to treatment resources. BCCP is federally funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and also receives state funding.

    Screening Services:

    Each jurisdiction or region in the state has been awarded grants through local health departments or hospitals to coordinate the provision of breast and cervical cancer screening through outreach, education, and follow-up services. Local jurisdictions contract with private physicians, radiologists, surgeons, and medical laboratories to perform screening services. Services are offered through a network of more than 950 private providers and community health centers throughout the state. There is a coordinator in each jurisdiction who, along with other staff, arranges for these services for eligible patients. 

    Patient Navigation Services:

    Some women experience obstacles to completing their regular cancer screening tests, even if they have health insurance. To address this challenge, BCCP began offering patient navigation services in July 2015 for women who meet program eligibility criteria, but have Medical Assistance or private insurance that fully pays for breast and cervical cancer screening services. Women who have Medicare (Part A and/or B) may also be eligible for patient navigation services if they meet other program eligibility criteria. Staff from the BCCP local programs may be able to help women with:

    ·         Scheduling their breast and/or cervical cancer screening appointments,

    ·         Finding transportation to appointments,

    ·         Understanding tests and results,

    ·         Arranging any follow-up that may be recommended by a health care provider, and

    ·         Providing language interpretation services. 

    Outreach and Education:

    ​      Program staff from each jurisdiction educate the public by speaking and distributing literature at various community meetings and functions. Staff members also educate patients about follow-up procedures and the importance of annual rescreening. Community health outreach workers are hired using grant funds to educate, motivate and recruit women to the program for screening services. ​

    Professional Development:

    The Maryland BCCP provides professional development to advance health care providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors about breast and cervical cancer screening and early detection; promote current program guidelines for breast and cervical cancer screening; disseminate evidence-based breast and cervical cancer prevention and early detection education materials to providers and program staff; and build professional development resources through partnerships with professional organizations and academic institutions.​

    Quality Assurance:

    Quality assurance measures are in place to assure that high quality program services are delivered and reported in a timely and standardized manner.  A Medical Advisory Committee oversees and regulates these quality assurance measures.  The Medical Advisory Committee developed the Minimal Clinical Elements for Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis (Breast MCEs) and Minimal Clinical Elements for Cervical Cancer Detection and Diagnosis (Cervical MCEs) which provide guidance to the program regarding screening and follow-up services.  

    All radiology facilities participating in this program are required to be accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified under the federal Mammography Quality Standardization Act (MQSA). Mammography facilities are required to report their mammography results using the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) lexicon of the American College of Radiology.  All medical laboratories participating in this program are required to be enrolled in a  cytology proficiency testing program approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and meet the requirements of the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act. Laboratories are required to report their Pap test results using the Bethesda System nomenclature.


    The Maryland BCCP has developed numerous partnerships and coalitions at both the state and local levels.  Baltimore City and each of Maryland's 23 counties have developed local cancer coalitions which include the local BCCP and other community organizations.  All local programs have partnered with local physicians, radiology facilities and a cytology lab to provide CBEs, mammograms and Pap tests to BCCP clients.  At the state and local level, BCCP works closely with the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen Maryland for the purpose of providing education, outreach, and screening for breast and cervical cancer among Maryland women.​

    Resources for more information:

    National Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer

    National Cancer Institute: Cervical Cancer

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Breast Cancer

    National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

    Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Program 


    Ready for your cancer screening?  Call us: 1-800-477-9774.