Cancer is a disease in which cells become abnormal and form more cells in an uncontrolled way. With breast cancer, the cancer begins in the tissues that make up the breasts.
The cancer cells may form a mass called a tumor. (Note: Not all tumors are cancer.)
They may also invade nearby tissue and spread to lymph nodes and other parts of the body.
Breast cancer may affect as many as 1 in 8 women. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second-leading cancer killer of women in the United States, next to lung cancer. Thanks to screening, breast cancer can often be found early, when the chance of successful treatment is best. In fact, many women are even cured of the disease.
Breast Health Screening Guidelines:
Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
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Wake County Human Services Health Promotion Section has several programs that address the needs of Wake County women.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP)
The North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP) provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings and follow-up to eligible women in North Carolina. Each year, NC BCCCP strives to provide services to over 12,000 women.
NC BCCCP services are offered at most local health departments as well as some community health centers, hospitals and private physicians’ offices across the state. Approximately 102 local health agencies work in cooperation with physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities to provide services to eligible North Carolina women.
Who is eligible for NC BCCCP?
NC BCCCP provides services to North Carolina women who are:
Uninsured or underinsured;
Without Medicare Part B or Medicaid;
Between ages 40–64 for breast screening services and 18–64 for cervical screening services; and
Have a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.
BCCCP-eligible women may also be eligible for NC WISEWOMAN, which provides cardiovascular disease screening, and helps women to improve their diet, physical activity, and other life habits to prevent, delay, or control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.
North Carolina WISE WOMAN
The Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Project provides cardiovascular disease screening, intervention, counseling and referral services to BCCCP enrolled women. WISEWOMAN’s mission
is to provide low-income, underinsured, or uninsured 40–64-year-old women with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to improve their diet, physical activity and other life habits to prevent, delay or control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.
WISEWOMAN services are offered in conjunction with NC BCCCP services at approximately 40 local health departments and community health centers across the state.
Who is eligible for WISEWOMAN?
Women who are enrolled in NC BCCCP and reside in counties that have a participating WISEWOMAN provider are also eligible for WISEWOMAN services.
What services are offered?
· Heart disease risk factor testing
· Blood pressure
· Blood sugar
· Height and weight (BMI)
· Lifestyle intervention (classes, counseling, activities)
· Referrals to health care providers and sources of low-cost medications