The mission of the West Virginia Breast and Cervical
Cancer Screening Program is to prevent unnecessary
disease, disability, and premature death due to cancer
of the breast and/or cervix.
The WVBCCSP provides clinical breast examinations (CBEs),
mammograms, and Pap tests for eligible women, as well as
diagnostic testing for women whose screening outcome is
abnormal. Since Program inception in 1991, the WVBCCSP has
enrolled over 107,000 women and provided more than 209,000 Pap tests,
136,000 mammograms, and 198,000 breast exams.
While screening services are key to early detection, their
existence alone is
insufficient to achieve a reduction in the illness and death
associated with these diseases. As required by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the WVBCCSP engages in the
following activities in order to implement a
Screening and Diagnostic Services
Education and Outreach
Partnership and Collaboration
Evaluation (Surveillance, Quality
Assurance, and Technical Assistance)
West Virginia was one of the first states to provide coverage of
treatment for breast and cervical cancer through Medicaid.
The WVBCCSP began providing liquid-based Pap tests and HPV
testing to clients meeting specific clinical guidelines.
The WVBCCSP was highlighted in the CDC publication,
The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
1991-2002 National Report.
The WVBCCSP reached a record high of 32.9% of newly enrolled
clients who were never or rarely screened for cervical cancer.