The Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) at Spokane Regional Health District provides eligible women and men with free screening and diagnostic services specific to breast, cervical and colon cancer. Assistance may include for health exams, screenings, limited diagnostic testing, education, and access to treatment. The program covers nine eastern Washington counties – Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Orielle, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman.
The work of this program is important because when a person in need of cancer screening should not have to worry about how to pay for care. Having health insurance coverage may not be feasible for some, or even with coverage, the out-of-pocket costs may still be unaffordable. It takes time and energy to manage these details and that is where BCCHP staff can help.
Income Guideline Examples
|Household Size||250% FPL||300% FPL (Breast Only)|
|Add for each additional||$867||$1,040|
The program is part of the Washington Breast, Cervical & Colon Health Program, administered by the Washington State Department of Health and funded through U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local grant funding. As one of six prime contractors for the state, SRHD’s BCCHP offers services in nine counties and partners with several community organizations and medical providers to help ensure services for clients.
Breast, cervical and colon cancer often have no warning signs. Regular screenings can find cancer early when treatment is more effective. Early treatment often means living longer. Go to your medical provider for regular cancer screenings throughout your lifetime.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.
Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. However, in the past 40 years, the number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of deaths from cervical cancer have decreased significantly. This decline largely is the result of many women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical precancer before it turns into cancer.
Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women. For more information, visit Cancer Among Men and Cancer Among Women.
Breast, cervical and colon cancer often have no warning signs. Regular screenings can find cancer early when treatment is more effective. Early treatment often means living longer. Individuals should visit their medical provider for regular cancer screenings throughout their lifetimes.
SRHD BCCHP Data175
SRHD screened 4,187 women and were able to help 175 women get treatment for breast cancer and 36 for cervical cancer.
In program year 2015, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program:
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be:
For purchase of specialized breast cancer license plates, contact the Department of Licensing for details. A portion of
the proceeds from license plate sales go toward free breast cancer screening
services, including mammograms and follow-up testing for eligible people with a
low income through the Department of Health's Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program.
Insurance or NO insurance, you may be eligible for help with out-of-pocket expenses. Call 509.324.1553.
“Early detection is the best protection! ”
Breast, cervical, and colon cancer often have no warning signs. Regular screenings can find cancer early when treatment is easier. Screening tests and follow-up can prevent colon and cervical cancer from developing. Learn more about cancer screening and which tests are right for you.
Published on Apr 5, 2011. Descriptions of the benefits of CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) from public health leaders and women who have been screened through the program.
Working closely with health care providers as they are a trusted source of prevention information specific to breast, cervical and colon cancer screening and treatment.