Breast Cancer 5th highest in State — What is Public Health? (Part VI

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By Scott Lenhart, Director | Pamlico County Health Department

BAYBORO – Health data for the state indicates Pamlico County ranks 5th highest for breast cancer. Fortunately, Pamlico is averaging a decrease of 1.6 instances of breast cancer annually. The Pamlico County Health Department is proud of its Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, which provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings and follow-up to eligible women in North Carolina. The program helps women from ages 40-54 obtain screenings for breast cancer. For cervical cancer, the age range is from 21 to 64.

Last year the Pamlico County Health Department saw 44 clients in this program. Of these, 12 were referred to outside sources for further evaluation and treatment.

Cancer in the State — and in Pamlico County — always ranks among the top ten causes of death each year. In Pamlico County, our most recent data shows age adjusted cancer incidence rates per 100,000 population for breast cancer of 177.5 compared to the state average of 157.5 Cervical Cancer incidence rates for the same five-year period shows North Carolina at a rate at 7.2 per100,000 women — as you can see, Breast Cancer is much more prevalent.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Control 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. The eligibility requirements for the program are:
• are uninsured or underinsured;
• are without Medicare Part B or Medicaid;
• are between ages 40 – 64 for breast screening services and 21 – 64 for cervical screening services; and
• have a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.
If you are qualifying the services include
• Clinical breast exams
• Screening mammograms
• Pap tests
• Diagnostic procedures, as indicated (diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, colposcopies, breast and cervical biopsies)
• Medical consultation


If assistance is needed by the individual, the individual may be eligible for Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid (BCCM) provides funding for treatment to NC BCCCP enrolled clients who are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer and who meet additional requirements. BCCM eligible women must be enrolled in NC BCCCP prior to a cancer diagnosis. If you wish more information about screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer program, please call the Pamlico County Health Department at 252-745-5111.