NH DHHS - State Breast and Cervical Cancer Program Enrolls 22,208 Women

Program Established in 1990 Celebrates Milestone

Concord, NH – This year the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) celebrates its 20th anniversary. The NBCCEDP offers free screening and diagnostic tests for uninsured and undersinsured women living with a limited income. In New Hampshire it is known as Let No Woman Be Overlooked. Since beginning screening services in 1997, the Let No Woman Be Overlooked program has enrolled 22,208 women.

“We are very excited to have reached this milestone and to share in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the national program,” said Dr. Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “We know that because of the Let No Woman Be Overlooked program over 22,000 New Hampshire women are having the recommended screening and care needed for breast and cervical cancer who otherwise wouldn’t have.”

The Let No Woman Be Overlooked program provides screening and diagnostic tests. Most women diagnosed with cancer are enrolled in Medicaid to pay for the costs of treatment. Services are provided at the community level statewide through participating primary care offices, community health centers, and hospital clinics.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among adult women in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer among women. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion estimates that only about 56% of uninsured women aged 50-74 are up to date with mammography screening. Many women are not aware that if they meet the age and income criteria they too could receive FREE breast or cervical cancer screening in New Hampshire. To receive NBCCEDP screenings and other services, federal guidelines require a woman to be uninsured or underinsured and at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of two the income limit in New Hampshire is $36,425. Mammography screening is mostly for women age 50–64 and Pap screening is mostly for women 18–64 who have never had a Pap test or have not had one in over five years.

To determine if you or someone you know could be eligible please call 1-800-852-3345, ext. 4931 or visit us on the web at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/bccp/index.htm.