Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program
West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) Mission:
The mission of the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program is to prevent disease, disability, and premature death due to breast and/or cervical cancer.
Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, provides data-driven, evidence-based outreach and education. We facilitate systems, environmental, and policy change approaches to increase cancer screening as part of the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP). Outreach and education occurs at many levels, including individuals, communities, employers, and health care systems.
With the implementation of health care reform through the Affordable Care Act, more low-income and underserved West Virginia women have gained insurance coverage for breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. We have found that even with adequate health insurance, many women still face substantial barriers to obtaining breast and cervical screening care. This is why WVBCCSP expanded its focus in 2017 to include population-based approaches to eliminate barriers to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for all women.
Cancer Prevention and Control at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, West Virginia University, provides data-driven, evidence-based outreach and education as part of the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP).
WVBCCSP approach to screen more women in West Virginia for breast and cervical cancers
Primary Care Systems Change Approach
- WVU CPC Community Clinic Interventionists (CCIs) work with WVBCCSP primary care health systems to educate, support, and facilitate the implementation of evidence based interventions. These data-driven interventions are designed to increase the breast and cervical cancer screening among the participating clinic’s patient population.
Policy and Environmental Approach
- CPC has a dedicated staff engaging employers and organizations across West Virginia to support their adoption and implementation of policies that enable employees and community members to complete breast and cervical cancer screening.
Community-Clinic Linkage Approach
- WVBCCSP staff from WVU work together with West Virginia community organizations to raise awareness about breast and cervical cancer screening, educate women on the importance of screening, and facilitate linkage of all women to WVBCCSP providers who offer screening and diagnostic services.
Eligibility guidelines for WVBCCSP screening and diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured women
WVBCCSP provides free or low-cost screening and diagnostic services to eligible women enrolled in WVBCCSP. Those services include:
- Clinical breast exams
- Pap tests
- Pelvic exams
You are eligible for these free or low-cost services if you are a woman who:
- Is between the ages of 25 and 64
- Have no health insurance or are underinsured
- Meet income guidelines and
- Are a West Virginia resident
WVBCCSP Income Guidelines
- Family Size of 1: Monthly income of $2,602 or Yearly income of $31,224
- Family Size of 2: Monthly income of $3,523 or Yearly income of $42,276
- Family Size of 3: Monthly income of $4,444 or Yearly income of $53,328
- Family Size of 4: Monthly income of $5,365 or Yearly income of $64,380
- Family Size of 5: Monthly income of $6,285 or Yearly income of $75,420
To speak with someone about eligibility for free or low-cost services, call 304.558.5388 or toll free at 1.800.642.8522
Screening Guidelines for Female Breast and Cervical Cancer
Breast Cancer Screening
National guidelines vary, but most recommend starting breast cancer screening at age 40 and completing it everyone year or everyone other year. Screening schedules are best determined through shared decision making with your provider and taking into consideration individual and family risk factors as well as personal and provider comfort with screening schedules.
Cervical Cancer Screening
- Age 21-29 years: Pap test screening every three (3) years
- Age 30-64 years: Pap test screening every three (3) years OR Pap test plus HPV testing every five (5) years
For more information about WVBCCSP, to enroll as a provider, or to enroll as a woman who needs screening, please call 304.558.5388 or toll free at 1.800.642.8522 or visit the WVBCCSP website.