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The Center for Cancer Prevention and Control of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene receives a cooperative agreement from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in order to facilitate the Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCP). The purpose of this program is to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among uninsured, low income women statewide, to provide follow-up to diagnosis, to carry out public and professional education, to assure the quality of screening services, to monitor cancer rates in Maryland, and to carry out evaluation of these programs. At least 75% of the women who receive breast cancer screening using federal funds must be 50 years of age or older.  Additional funding, provided by the State beginning in 1998, has enabled the department to increase the number of women 40 - 49 years of age that can receive breast cancer screenings.

For more information on the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, see​

Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer brochures, which describe the services available for eligible Maryland residents can be found via the following links:

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Screening Services:

Each jurisdiction in the state has been awarded grants through 22 local health departments and 2 hospitals to coordinate the provision of breast and cervical cancer screening through outreach, education, and follow-up services. Each local jurisdiction subcontracts with private physicians, radiologists, surgeons, and medical laboratories to perform screening services. Services are offered through a network of more than 950 private providers and community health centers throughout the state. There is a coordinator in each jurisdiction for this program who arranges for these services for eligible patients. 

Clinical Services:
Once enrolled in the program, a woman may be eligible for: 

      • ​Clinical breast exam (CBE) 
      • Screening and/or diagnostic mammogram(s)
      • Breast ultrasound/sonogram
      • Surgical consultation
      • Breast biopsy
      • Pap test and/or pelvic exam
      • HPV test
      • Colposcopy/cervical biopsy

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive screening services paid through this program, a woman must meet the following criteria:

 Be a Maryland resident.

 Be 40-64 years of age.  Women over 65 without Medicare, or with Medicare Part A only are eligible for this program.

 Have a household incomes at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

 Either be uninsured or have health insurance which does not fully cover breast and/or cervical cancer screening services and/or diagnostic work-up. Women in Medical Assistance and women enrolled in Medicare Part B are NOT eligible for Clinical Services in this program but may qualify for Patient Navigation Services.

Patient Navigation Services:

In July 2015, BCCP began offering Patient Navigation services for women who meet program eligibility criteria, but have Medical Assistance or private insurance, that fully pays for breast and cervical cancer screening services. Women who have Medicare Part B may also be eligible for Patient Navigation Services if they meet other program eligibility criteria. Staff from the BCCP local programs may be able to help women with scheduling their breast and/or cervical cancer screening appointments, finding transportation to appointments, understanding test results and arranging any follow-up that may be recommended by a health care provider. 

Outreach and Education:

The program staff from each jurisdiction educates the public by speaking and distributing literature at various community meetings and functions. Staff members also educate patients about follow-up procedures and the importance of annual rescreening. Lay health outreach workers are hired using grant funds to educate, motivate and recruit women in the priority populations to enroll in the program for screening services.

Professional Development:

The Maryland BCCP provides professional development to advance health care providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors about breast and cervical cancer screening and early detection; promote current program guidelines for breast and cervical cancer screening; disseminate evidence-based breast and cervical cancer prevention and early detection education materials to providers, program staff, and regional staff; and build professional development resources through partnerships with professional organizations and academic institutions.

Quality Assurance:

Quality assurance measures are in place to assure that high quality program services are delivered and reported in a timely and standardized manner.  A Medical Advisory Committee is in place that oversees and regulates these quality assurance measures.  The Medical Advisory Committee developed the Minimal Clinical Elements for Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis (Breast MCEs)  and Minimal Clinical Elements for Cervical Cancer Detection and Diagnosis (Cervical MCEs)​ which provide guidance to the program regarding screening and follow-up services.  

All radiology facilities participating in this program are required to be accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified under the federal Mammography Quality Standardization Act (MQSA). Mammography facilities are required to report their mammography results using the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) lexicon of the American College of Radiology.

All medical laboratories participating in this program are required to pass the cytology proficiency testing program in the state of Maryland and meet the requirements of the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act. Laboratories are required to report their Pap test results using the Bethesda System nomenclature.

Application Process:

Applicants should contact their local program at the phone numbers listed below to determine eligibility and enrollment into the program.  Applicants may be asked questions about income, health insurance, and where they live to determine qualification for services.

Allegany (301) 759 - 5083 Howard (410) 313 - 4255
Anne Arundel  (410) 222 - 6180 Kent  (410) 778 - 7970
Baltimore County (410) 887 - 3432 Montgomery  (240) 777 - 1750
Calvert  (410) 286 - 7992 Prince George’s (301) 883 - 3525
Caroline  (410) 479 - 8080 Queen Anne’s  (443) 262 - 4509
Carroll  (410) 876 - 4423 Saint Mary’s (301) 475 - 4395
Cecil  (410) 996 - 5168  Somerset  (443) 523 - 1740
Charles (301) 609 - 6843 Talbot  (410) 819 - 5600
Dorchester   (410) 228 - 3223 Washington  (240) 313 - 3235
Frederick (301) 600 - 3362 Wicomico (410) 548 - 5175
Garrett (301) 334 - 7770 Worcester (410) 632 - 1100 
Harford (410) 612 - 1780  Baltimore City (410) 350 - 2001


The Maryland BCCP has developed numerous partnerships and coalitions at both the state and local levels.  Baltimore City and each of Maryland's 23 counties have developed local cancer coalitions which include the local BCCP and other community organizations.  All local programs have partnered with local physicians, radiology facilities and a cytology lab to provide CBEs, mammograms and Pap tests to BCCP clients.  At the State and local level, BCCP works closely with the American Cancer Society and the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the purpose of providing education, outreach, and screening for breast and cervical cancer among Maryland women.

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