Breast and Cervical Cancer Project aims to get more women life saving screenings

Outreach effort to help underserved minorities

CLEVELAND - The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project  was created in 1994 to reach low income and minority women who are not getting the regular health screenings they need. It is a free, statewide program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the state of Ohio, and administered by the Ohio Department of Health. It provides eligible women with high quality screenings, diagnostic testing and case management services at no charge. 

To be eligible, a woman must be 40 years of age or older, have no health insurance and a limited income, defined as up to 200 percent of the poverty level or $23,000 a year. 

Women can enroll in the program over the phone. Once a woman is enrolled, BCCP will set up appointments and coordinate all of her services through a network of medical providers. And if a woman is diagnosed with a pre-cancer or cancerous condition, BCCP will get her enrolled for Medicaid within 24 hours so treatment can begin immediately. 

There are 11 Regional Enrollment Agency sites in the state of Ohio. In northeast Ohio, the REA covers Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Trumbull counties. 

For more information call the BCCP Hotline at 1-800-443-2168 or the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 216-201-2000. 

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