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breast & cervical cancer control

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North Carolina Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program

Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program

  • Do you know women 21 - 64 without insurance?
    Or are lower income? (Especially women ages 40 - 64.)
  • BCCCP offers Free or Low Cost:
    • Breast & Cervical Exams
    • Pap Smears
    • Mammograms
    • Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Screenings
    • Health Counseling & Education

For More Information

  • Contact the Buncombe County Department of Health at:
    • (828) 250-6006

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program at the Buncombe County Department of Health helps to save lives of women through early detection.  The program provides free breast exams, PAP tests for cervical cancer, and mammograms for women who:

  • are between the ages of 40 to 64,
  • have little or no insurance, and
  • meet certain eligibility requirements

Other women ages 21 to 39 may also be eligible.

Patients must be seen by this program before a cancer diagnosis has been made anywhere else in order to be eligible for BCCCP Medicaid”.

We make it easy to get the quality care that women need.  If needed, we will provide referrals and follow-up appointments with qualified professionals.  Referral services are also at no cost for women who qualify for the program.

Women who qualify for BCCCP and are 40 to 64 years of age, will also qualify for the Wise Woman program.

Ladies - you may be eligible for a free exam. Come to...

Ladies Night Out

Join hundreds of women in Buncombe County who have already been screened.

Don't let money stand in your way. You may be eligible for a health exam and cancer screening at no cost if you:

  • Are age 18 to 64 (Especially women ages 40 - 64)
  • Have limited income
  • Have limited or no insurance
  • Live in Buncombe County

During Ladies Night Out women are offered free:

  • Breast & Cervical Exams
  • Pap Smears
  • Mammograms
  • Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Screenings
  • Health Counseling & Education
  • Transportation
  • Childcare
  • Refreshments

Ladies Night Out is the first Thursday night of each month. Interpreter services are available.

Call for your appointment today!

For more information, call Ladies Night Out at 828-250-6006.

Ladies Night Out is a program offered by Mission Hospital, the Asheville Breast Center and Buncombe County Department of Health's Breast and Cervical Cancer and Wise Woman Programs. The program covers the cost of a mammogram for women who are faced with a gap in insurance coverage and who qualify for the Buncombe County Department of Health's Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP).

Mission Hospital's Cancer Services through Mission Foundation and the Asheville Breast Center provide the financial support for the breast cancer screenings and educational programs for uninsured women provided through the Ladies Night Out program. Donations to Ladies Night Out are important for the continuity of the program and should be sent to: Mission Foundation, 980 Hendersonville Road, Suite C, Asheville, NC 28803. Mission Foundation is accredited by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance meeting all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Download the flyer for more information.

Wise Woman

Wise Women Program

Did you know that coronary heart disease is America's No. 1 killer. Stroke is No. 3 and a leading cause of serious disability. That's why it's so important to reduce your risk factors, know the warning signs, and know how to respond quickly and properly if warning signs occur.

The goal of Wise Woman is to help women improve their health and reduce their chances of heart disease for a long, active life. 

Wise Woman provides

  • Testing for cholesterol level, blood pressure and fasting blood sugar levels,
  • Counseling, education and skills to improve cardiovascular health, and
  • Opportunities to improve diet, physical activity and other life habits.

Participating in this program and making lifestyle changes can help women prevent, delay or control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Services Include

  • Pelvic exam
  • Pap smear
  • Clinical breast exam
  • Mammogram
  • Referral and follow-up care
  • Education and counseling services

Appointment Procedure

Contact Wanda Anderson at 250-6006 for an appointment

What to bring with you

When you come in for an appointment at the Buncombe County Department of Health make sure that you bring any insurance information you have including your Medicaid card or other insurance card. If you do not have insurance, please bring proof of your current income. This is to help us determine your eligibility for this program.

Financial Eligibility

Cancer Prevention and Control Branch
Federal Poverty Guidelines
Fiscal year 2014 - 2015

Table: Financial Eligibility
Persons in Family Unit BCCCP & WISEWOMAN
1 $29,175
2 $39,325
3 $49,475
4 $59,625
5 $69,775
6 $79,925
for family units with more than 6 members add $10,150 (for each individual person)


Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer