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Health Care Providers in Missouri Offer Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings to Eligible Underinsured Missouri Women

William S. Gordon, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP), Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services


More than 100 health care providers throughout Missouri offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings to under-insured Missouri women who meet age and income guidelines. These cancer screening services are offered through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP) with funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the State of Missouri.

Working in partnership with local health departments, hospitals, and clinics, the BCCCP program provides Clinical Breast Examinations (BSE's), mammograms, pelvic exams and Pap tests, together with counseling on breast self-examinations, and education on breast and cervical cancer issues. These services are provided at no cost to eligible women. Program-eligible women ages 50 to 64 receive a Pap test, pelvic exam, training on how to do monthly breast self-examinations and annual mammograms.

Women eligible for the BCCCP program include low-income, and ethnic minority women residing in Missouri who have inadequate health insurance and who are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare Part B, or health maintenance organizations. Income guidelines are based upon 200% of the Federal poverty level. For example, a 50-year-old woman in a family of four can have an annual household income of up to $36,200 per year and still be eligible for these free cancer screening services.

To see if you might qualify for free breast and cervical cancer screenings or for more information about BCCCP, contact the Cancer Information Service toll free: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).



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