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Breast, Cervical & Colon Health Prog.

Cancer screening can save your life!

Breast, cervical and colon cancer often have no warning signs. Regular screenings can find cancer early when treatment is more effective. Early treatment often means living longer.  Go to your medical provider for regular cancer screenings throughout your lifetime.  
General recommendations* are:

  • Starting at age 21, talk to your provider about Pap tests that screen for cervical cancer and regular breast exams.
  • Starting at age 40, talk to your provider about when to get a mammogram and how often.
  • Starting at age 50, talk to your provider about which colon cancer screening test is best for you.

For more detailed information, check out the “For More Information” links at right.

If you currently do not have medical insurance for these tests, or you have insurance with out-of-pocket expenses that you cannot afford, you may be eligible for free services through the Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (see below).

*If you have symptoms at any age, talk to your provider.


Breast, Cervical & Colon Health Program (BCCHP)

Free Screening Services

We provide eligible women and men with free health exams, screenings, limited diagnostic testing (breast and cervical cancer only), education, and referrals in nine Eastern Washington counties – Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Orielle, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings are available to women who:

  • Are 40-64 years of age
  • Are 35-39 years of age with breast symptoms
    • If under 35 and have breast symptoms you may be eligible for assistance through Susan G Komen funds. Contact your health care provider to see if they offer access to these services. If not, please call SRHD at (509) 324-1553.
  • Have limited income
  • Are uninsured (do no qualify for Apple Health) or underinsured (insurance that does not completely cover women’s health care service, or have an insurance plan that requires a deductible or co-payment that she cannot afford)
  • Live in Washington state

The free women’s health exam may include a mammogram, pelvic exam, pap test, clinical breast exam, education and referral assistance. Examinations are provided by contracted providers throughout Eastern Washington.

Colon Cancer Screenings are available to men and women who:

  • Are 50-64 years of age (or younger if they have a family history of colon cancer)
  • Do not have colon symptoms (e.g., one symptom is bloody stools) or G.I. conditions
  • Have limited income
  • Are uninsured (do not qualify for Apple Health), or underinsured (insurance that does not completely cover colon cancer screening services, or have an insurance plan that requires a deductible or co-payment that he/she cannot afford)
  • Live in Washington state


If you are interested in applying for free screenings, please call your provider to see if they participate in the Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program and tell them you wish to enroll.  If they do not, or you have questions, please call (509) 324-1553 or toll free 1 (888) 461-8876 for assistance.

 

 
 
 

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Washington CARES About Cancer Partnership

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Cancer Information

Susan G Komen for the Cure Eastern Washington

American Cancer Society

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April 16, 2014