National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

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Pennsylvania Department of Health
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Cancer Control Program, receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide a comprehensive statewide breast and cervical cancer early detection project known as "HealthyWoman." This award is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through state health departments. Effective October 1999, there are eight contractors providing these services across the state of Pennsylvania.

Project Goal: To reduce breast and cervical cancer mortality by increasing the availability of cancer education and screening for women between the ages of 50 and 64, with low to moderate income who are uninsured or underinsured.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 50 to 64 years of age and older (Women under the age of 50 can be served if they meet the same eligibility guidelines as women over 50 and based on a clinician's professional judgment. However, 75% of the women screened must be aged 50 to 64.)

  • Low to moderate income, uninsured or underinsured, with an emphasis on racial and ethnic minorities

  • Income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level
Screening Components:

  • Clinical breast examination

  • Mammogram

  • Pelvic examination and Pap smear

  • Education on breast self-exam

  • Follow-up diagnostic care for abnormal results (treatment costs not reimbursed by the Project)
Service Availability:

Services are provided in all counties of Pennsylvania. Following are the contractors and the counties they cover:

Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania - Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Somerset, Union, and York

Family Health Council, Inc. - Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland

Maternal and Family Health Services - Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Potter, and Wyoming

Philadelphia Department of Health - Chester and Philadelphia

Allegheny County Health Department - Allegheny

Bethlehem Bureau of Health - Northampton

Bucks County Department of Health - Bucks

Crozer Regional Cancer Center - Delaware

Contact Information:

Pennsylvania residents, please call 1-800-4-CANCER. Non-Pennsylvania residents, please contact your state's health department for information about their Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Project.

Sponsored By: The Pennsylvania Department of Health