Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Hawaii, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Death from breast or cervical cancer is most common among women of racial and ethnic minority and low-income groups. Many of these deaths could be avoided by making cancer screening services available to all women at risk.
The Hawaii Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) provides breast and cervical cancer screening services to medically under-served women. BCCCP was established in 1993 and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to screening services, BCCCP provides referral services, diagnostic follow-up, case management, and assurances for medical treatment. BCCCP also conducts public information and education programs to improve screening rates, educates health professionals, monitors screening quality, and develops key partnerships to move objectives forward.
Since its inception, more than 10,162 women have been screened, and 281 cases of pre-cancerous and invasive cancer of the breast and 161 pre-cancerous and invasive cancer of the cervix have been detected. BCCCP has been instrumental in helping community providers build the capacity and infrastructure needed to reach women most at risk and raise community awareness around early detection.
WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor, or a group of cancer cells, in the breast. It may grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it also.
Risk factors for breast cancer include a genetic predisposition, having a family history or a personal history of breast cancer, dense breast tissue, being a woman, and growing older. Most people who have risk factors never develop the disease, and many who have breast cancer have no apparent risk factors (other than being a woman and growing older).
WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER?
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix — the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Like breast cancer, it can invade surrounding tissues of metastasize to other parts of the body. Only women and transgender men can get cervical cancer.
Several risk factors increase your chance of developing cervical cancer including human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, smoking, immunosuppression, chlamydia infection, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, being overweight, taking oral contraceptives (birth control pills), and having a family history of cervical cancer. It is important to get regular Pap tests to detect cervical cancer early.
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY & PROVIDERS
To qualify for the BCCCP Program, you must be:
- A woman age 50 to 64;
- Have an income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level; and
- Be uninsured or under-insured
To verify your eligibility, please call one of the BCCCP healthcare providers:
Kalihi-Palama Health Center
915 N. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Kalihi-Palama Health Center (Downtown)
89 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Kapiolani Women’s Center
1907 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Kokua Kalihi Valley
2239 N. School Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
The Queen’s Medical Center – Women’s Health Center (Lobby)
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
The Queen’s Medical Center – Molokai Women’s Health Clinic
280 Home Olu Place
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Waimanalo Health Center
41-1347 Kalanianaole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI 96795
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
86-260 Farrington Hwy
Waianae, HI 96792
Waipahu Family Health Center
94-428 Mokuola Street Suite 108B
Waipahu, HI 96797
1178B Kinoole Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Keaau Family Health Center
16-192 Pili Mua Street
Keaau, HI 96749
Pahoa Family Health Center
15-2866 Pahoa Village Road
Pahoa, HI 96778
Hamakua Health Center
45-549 Plumeria Street
Honokaa, HI 96727
West Hawaii Community Health Center – Kona Center
75-5751 Kuakini Hwy, Suite 203
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
West Hawaii Community Health Center – Kealakekua Center
81-6627 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kealakekua, HI 96750
(808) 323-8005 EXT. 116
Ho‘ola Lahui Hawaii – Various Locations