Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP)
Did you know that breast cancer was the most common cancer for women in North Carolina and the second-leading cause of cancer mortality in women in North Carolina in 2021? That women in North Carolina have a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of getting breast cancer. That 325 women in North Carolina were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2021?
The Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) at the Lee County Health Department (LCHD) is a no-cost initiative designed to help women of Lee and surrounding counties who have no or limited health insurance and do not have Medicaid or Medicare to receive screenings and medical consultation referrals as indicated. BCCCP provides preventative services from a friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Should I get screened for breast cancer?
Yes! If you are a woman, transgender man, transgender woman (who is or has been on hormonal therapy), between ages 40-64 years of age, you should schedule your mammogram every year.
How often should I do a breast self-exam?
Give yourself a breast self-exam at least once a month. Look for any changes in your breast, such as changes in size, feeling a lump, dimpling, or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.
Who is eligible for the Lee County Health Department’s BCCCP program?
Individuals are eligible if they meet the following criteria:
- Women, transgender men, or a transgender woman (on or have been on hormonal therapy)
- Are uninsured or have limited health insurance
- Do NOT have Medicare Part B or Medicaid
- Ages 40-64 for breast cancer screening services
- Ages 21-64 for cervical cancer screening
- Meet federal income guidelines
What is included in the LCHD BCCCP Program?
- Cervical cancer screenings, like a Pap smear including an HPV test
- Clinical breast exam and screening mammogram
- A 3-D tomography mammogram at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford
- Follow-up care as needed for diagnostic and medical consultations
More Information & Resources
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program – N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services
- Breast Cancer – American Cancer Society
- Cervical Cancer – American Cancer Society