Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) is committed to ensuring low-income women, who are uninsured or under-insured, receive access to breast and cervical cancer screening services. The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) provides screening services including breast exams, mammogram referrals, pelvic exams and Pap tests. It also provides referrals for diagnostic services such as surgical consults and biopsies. Through this program, women with abnormal screening results receive timely diagnostic and treatment follow-up. Those with diagnosed breast or cervical cancer are enrolled in Women’s Health Medicaid. Last year, Cobb and Douglas Public Health diagnosed 34 women with breast cancer through the BCCP and Susan G. Komen programs.
For more information about The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at CDPH, call 770-514-2314.
The Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)
In 1990 support for legislation to help reduce avoidable mortality from breast and cervical cancers led to the Breast and Cervical Mortality Prevention Act. This act established the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). The purpose of this program is to increase access to and use of breast and cervical cancer screening services among low-income women who are uninsured or under-insured.
In 1994, Georgia became a participant of the NBCCEDP and initiated the BreasTEST and MORE (BTM) program. Georgia currently receives enough funds from state and federal sources to provide approximately 16,000 women age 40 and older with breast and cervical cancer early detection services and 125,000 younger women with cervical cancer early detection services each year. These combined state and federal resources make up the Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP).
Susan G. Komen®
In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen® organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, they have invested more than $2.6 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Their efforts helped reduce death rates from breast cancer by 37 percent between 1990-2013 and they won’t stop until the promise is fulfilled.
Breast Cancer Facts
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death for Georgia women.
- In Georgia, approximately 1,100 women die each year of breast cancer and 5,300 will be diagnosed.
- Breast cancer mortality rates are three times higher in women 50-64 years of age than women 40-49 years of age.
- Mortality rates for breast cancer are higher for black women than any other race or ethnic group.
- Through routine screening and early detection, 97% of women can survive 5 years or more.
- Currently, there are about 3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S.
Cervical Cancer Facts
- Cervical cancer is the eighth leading cause of cancer incidence and mortality in Georgia.
- In Georgia, approximately 130 women die each year of cervical cancer and 400 women are diagnosed.
- Mortality rates for cervical cancer are higher in women 50-64 years of age than women 40-49 years of age.
- Mortality rates for cervical cancer are higher for black women than any other race or ethnic group.
For more information on Breast and/or Cervical Cancer, please visit one of the following websites:
BREASTEST & MORE FAQs
What is the BreasTest & More program?
The BreasTEST & More program is a health initiative that offers breast and cervical cancer screenings, follow-up exams, and referral services to low-income women between the ages of 50-64 with no insurance.
What services does the BreasTest & More program offer?
Qualifying women may be eligible to receive breast exams and pap smears at no cost. We are also able to provide referrals for no-cost mammograms.
What are the eligibility requirements for the BreasTest & More program?
To qualify for the BreasTest & More program, a woman must:
- Be a Georgia resident
- Be low- income, according to the federal poverty level (200% of the poverty level or below)
- Not have Medicaid or Medicare or any insurance that covers mammograms
- Be between the ages of 50-64
NOTE: Younger women may qualify for the program as funding allows.
Do I qualify for a no-cost mammogram?
The target age group for no-cost mammogram referrals is 50-64. Dependent on funding, other age groups may be accepted.
What if I have cancer, what are my next steps?
If you have cancer, we will assist you in completing the application for Women’s Health Medicaid. Women’s Health Medicaid offers women access to Breast and Cervical Cancer treatment through Medicaid as well as a variety of other services. Our BreasTest & More staff members will also refer you to a Breast or Cervical Cancer Specialist who will be able to care for your needs.