Screening Saves Lives

​​Maryland’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCP) provides breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and patient navigation services to women across the state.​ 

Eligibility Criteria Services Offered

§  Maryland resident
§  40-64 years old (65+, please call for more information*)
§  Have a household income at or below 250% of federal poverty guidelines
§  Have no health insurance or health
insurance that does not completely
pay for needed services
§  Have health insurance, but have not
been able to get screened or get needed
follow-up testing

§  Clinical breast exam (CBE) 
§  Mammograms (screening and diagnostic)
§  Breast ultrasound
§  Surgical consultation
§  Breast biopsy
§  Pap test
§  HPV test
§  Colposcopy and cervical biopsy
§  Patient navigation (services such as help scheduling appoi​ntments and follow-up, finding transportation, interpretation services and more)
§  Case management
 §  Linkage to treatment, as needed

*If 65 years or older, please call the program in your area to see what services you may be eligible for, including patient navigation services.​

Program brochures, that describe the services available for eligible Maryland residents, can be found at the following links:
                               English                 Spanish               Korean 
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There are 2 easy ways to find the services nearest to you:

1.  Find your county/city of residence in the list below and call your local program:


Juris​​​​diction/Organ​​iza​tion Telephone ​​Jurisdiction/​​Organization​ ​​Telephone
​301-759-5083 ​410-612-1780
Anne Arundel​ County Health Department​ ​410-222-6180 ​410-33-16296
Baltimore City: MedStar Harbor Hospital
Baltimore City: University of Maryland Medical S​ystem​ ​410-328-4673 ​240-777-1750
​410-887-3432 Prince George’s County: Doctor’s Community Hospital ​301-324-4968
Calvert County Health Department ​410-535-5400, ext. 350 Queen Anne’s County Health Department ​443-262-4509
Caroli​ne County Health Departmen​t​ ​410-479-8080 St. Mary’s County Health Department ​301-475-4395
Carroll County Health Department ​410-876​-4423​ ​443-523-1754
Cecil County Health Department ​410-996-5168 Talbot C​ounty Health Department​ ​410-819-5628
​301-609-9816 Washington County Health Department ​240-313-3235
Dorchester County Health Department ​410-901-8125 Wicomico County Health Department ​410-548-5175
Frederick County Health Department ​301-600-3377 Worcester County Health Department​ ​419-632-1100
Garrett C​ounty Health Department​ ​301-334-7694

2. Call 1-800-477-9774 to discuss the best local program for you.

Screening Guidelines:

Yearly breast exams, mammograms, and regular Pap tests help to detect breast and cervical problems early.  When problems are found early, they can be treated more easily, potentially adding years to your life.  Women should talk to their provider about the right cancer screening tests for them, which may include:

·         A yearly clinical breast exam (CBE).

·         A yearly mammogram starting at age 40.

·         Regular Pap test starting at age 21.

·         Pap with HPV co-testing at age 30. 

M​ore Information about the Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Program:​

Since 1992, BCCP has provided more than 266,093 mammograms and 149,989 Pap tests to eligible women in Maryland.  During this time period, the program has diagnosed 2,067 breast and 85 cervical cancers, linking those diagnosed to treatment resources. BCCP is federally funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and also receives state funding.

Screening Services:

Each jurisdiction in the state has been awarded grants through local health departments or hospitals to coordinate the provision of breast and cervical cancer screening through outreach, education, and follow-up services. Local jurisdictions contract 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 who, along with other staff, arranges for these services for eligible patients. 

Patient Navigation Services:

Some women experience obstacles to completing their regular cancer screening tests, even if they have health insurance. To address this challenge, BCCP began offering patient navigation services in July 2015 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 A and/or 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 tests and results,

·         Arranging any follow-up that may be recommended by a health care provider, and

·         Providing language interpretation services. 

Outreach and Education:

​      Program staff from each jurisdiction educate 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. Community health outreach workers are hired using grant funds to educate, motivate and recruit women to 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 and program 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 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 be enrolled in a  cytology proficiency testing program approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 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.


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 Susan G. Komen Maryland for the purpose of providing education, outreach, and screening for breast and cervical cancer among Maryland women.​

Resources for more information:

National Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer

Maryland Cancer Screening Diagnosis & Care Resources

National Cancer Institute: Cervical Cancer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Breast Cancer

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Program 


Ready for your cancer screening?  Call us: 1-800-477-9774.