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West Virginia Breast and Cervical

Cancer Screening Program

 

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What is the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP)?

What services are offered?

What is the cost?

How do I apply for the program?

Who is eligible?

Can breast cancer be prevented?

What is a mammogram and who should get one?

Who is considered to be high risk?

What is a Pap test?

When should I get my first Pap test?

How often should I get a Pap test?

Can cervical cancer be prevented?

What are the risk factors for cervical cancer?

I went to a WVBCCSP provider and had all my testing done. I just received a bill in the mail for a service that should have been covered by your Program. What do I do now?

Do I have to re-enroll in the Program every year?

 

What is the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP)?

 

A program that offers free Pap tests, mammograms, and clinical breast exams for women who qualify.

 

What services are offered?

 

The WVBCCSP covers screening and diagnostic services, from clinical breast exams and Pap tests to mammograms and breast biopsies. For more specific information, contact the WVBCCSP at 304.558.5388 or within WV at 1.800.642.8522.
 

What is the cost?

 

Services provided by the WVBCCSP are free or low-cost for women who qualify.

 

How do I apply for the program?

 

Contact the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at 304.558.5388 or 1.800.642.8522 to find a participating provider in your area.

 

Who is eligible?

 

Women who...

 

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Are between the ages 25 - 64 (Pap test, pelvic exam, and clinical breast exam)

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Are between the ages 50 - 64 (mammogram)

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Have no health insurance, are underinsured or have high deductibles

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Have low incomes

 

Still not sure if you qualify? Call 304.558.5388 or 1.800.642.8522 for more information.

 

Can breast cancer be prevented?

 

Breast cancer cannot be prevented. However, the survival rate greatly increases when caught in its early stages. Increase your chances of catching it early by getting mammograms and clinical breast examinations regularly.

 

What is a mammogram and who should get one?

 

A mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer. The WVBCCSP covers screening mammograms for Program eligible women aged 50-64. Women aged 40-49 may be eligible for mammogram coverage if they are considered high risk according to the following guidelines.

 

Who is considered to be high risk?

 

High risk is defined as:

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Previous personal history of breast cancer

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Family history of breast cancer

  • Mother, sister, daughter, or grandmother

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  • Two or more close relatives, such as cousins or aunts, especially if  diagnosed before age 40

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Never had children

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First child born was after the age of 30

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Abnormal biopsy result

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Genetic alterations

 

What is a Pap test?

 

A Pap test is a screening test for cervical cancer. It detects any problems in the cervix that can lead to cancer.

 

When should I get my first Pap test?

 

Doctors recommend that women begin having routine Pap tests at age 21 or within three years of the first time they have sexual intercourseľ whichever comes first.

 

How often should I get a Pap test?

 

Your doctor will tell you how often you should have your Pap test.

 

Can cervical cancer be prevented?

 

Most cervical cancers can be prevented. Pap tests are an effective way to detect problems. Once these problems are detected, treatment can stop these complications before they develop into invasive cervical cancer.

 

What are the risk factors for cervical cancer?

 

Women who meet any of the following elements are at higher risk of getting cervical cancer:

 

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Had sex at an early age or had multiple sexual partners

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Had unprotected sex

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Have HPV

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Smoke cigarettes

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Low Socioeconomic Status

 

I went to a WVBCCSP provider and had all my testing done. I just received a bill in the mail for a service that should have been covered by your Program. What do I do now?

 

You should not receive a bill for these services, but if you do, call our office at 304.558.5388 or 1.800.642.8522 and ask to speak with someone within our Program.

 

Do I have to re-enroll in the Program every year?

 

Once you enroll, you can use our Program services for as long as you are eligible. If for any reason you take time off from the Program, you can use services again at any time without having to re-enroll as long as you are still eligible.

   

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West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program,  350 Capitol St. Room 427,  Charleston, WV 25301

304.558.5388 or 1.800.642.8522