What services are available through the Massachusetts Breast and Cervical Cancer Program?
The MBCCP can help you manage your healthcare by:
- Teaching you about your health and the steps you can take to reduce your risk of breast and cervical cancer
- Connecting you to the care you need
- Making your appointments
- Helping you find transportation or childcare
- Helping you understand your test results
- Connecting you to resources in your community
- Scheduling the breast and cervical cancer screenings you need, such as a mammogram and pap test
- Assisting with payment for breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services if you are uninsured or underinsured and meet the qualifications described below
Am I eligible to receive free breast and cervical cancer screening?
Breast and cervical cancer screenings are now covered by all types of insurance with no co-pay. Getting screened is as easy as talking to your doctor and making an appointment.
You may be eligible for free breast and cervical cancer screenings if you meet these qualifications:
- You have no health insurance, or your health insurance does not cover the full cost of breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic tests
- You are Massachusetts resident
- Your yearly income is at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level
- Breast cancer screening: you are between 40 and 64 years of age
- Cervical cancer screening: you are between 30 and 64 years of age
Why should I be screened for cancer?
Breast and cervical cancers may not always cause symptoms, but there are screening tests that can prevent these cancers or find them early, when treatment works best. Screening tests include a mammogram for breast cancer and a pap test, human papilloma virus (HPV) test, or combination of both for cervical cancer.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Massachusetts. Trans men and non-binary individuals are also at risk for breast cancer. Regular cancer screenings can help find cancer early when it is most treatable.
- The risk for breast cancer increases with age. Talk to your healthcare provider about when and how often you should be screened.
- Anyone with a cervix is at risk for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the easiest cancers to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early.
How can I get connected to MBCCP services?
See a list of all the MBCCP sites or call us toll-free to find a site near you. Many MBCCP locations provide services in Spanish, as well as in other languages. Call the toll-free number to find out which location best fits your needs.