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Women’s cancer screening program in Michigan

Program serves low-income uninsured and underinsured women

Since 1991, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has implemented a comprehensive Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) through a multi-year grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With these funds, low-income women now have access to life-saving cancer screening services and follow-up care, including cancer treatment if that should be needed.

Through this program, women who have breast and cervical cancer will be identified at earlier stages of these diseases, when treatment is less expensive and the survival rate is more favorable.  Working together, participating medical providers and local health agencies can ensure that the highest quality breast and cervical cancer control services are available to all women in their communities.

Through these local public health programs, eligible women aged 40 – 64 can receive screening services free of charge, such as:

•    Clinical breast exam
•    Pap test
•    Pelvic exam
•    Screening mammogram

Many follow-up programs are also covered.

Where are these services available?

Women throughout Michigan may seek these services from local health departments and over 700 contracted BCCCP providers across the state.

A woman’s usual health care provider may encourage the woman to take advantage of this program. In addition, any Michigan woman ages 40 through 64 can call (toll-free) 800-922-MAMM to obtain a phone number for the BCCCP local coordinating agency closest to her home. In Kent County, call 616-632-7283 or toll-free 888-515-1300.

The local agency will assess each woman for program eligibility, based upon age and income, and will provide an appointment to a health care provider or clinic near her home.

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