Kalamaoo County

Health and Community Services

Southwest Michigan Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BCCCNP)



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if I can't get into BCCCNP?
Call the BCCCNP Local Coordinating Agency to ask about other programs or resources. Several programs exist throughout Southwest Michigan. Or check out full insurance coverage options here:

What if a breast or cervical screening exam is abnormal?
If a breast and/or cervical abnormality is found from the screening exam, diagnostic services are available with contracted providers. Many diagnostic services are payable through the BCCCNP, including:

  • Consult visit with Breast surgeon or Ob/Gyn MD
  • Diagnostic mammogram, extra views, breast ultrasound
  • Breast biopsy or aspiration
  • Colposcopy with cervical biopsy

What if I have health insurance?
Check your insurance coverage to see if you can get breast and cervical screenings paid by your policy. If your insurance does not cover breast and cervical diagnostics, or you have a high deductible, you may be able to enroll in BCCCNP if you meet the other eligibility criteria.

Does the BCCCNP pay for cancer treatment if a breast or cervical cancer is diagnosed?
No. However, if a woman is eligible for BCCCNP and has not started treatment, she may be eligible to receive Medicaid coverage for her breast or cervical cancer treatment. Contact the Local Coordinating Agency for help at 269-373-5213.

Why do I need a Pap test if I don't have any symptoms?
Screening with Pap smears has been shown to find cervical cancer in early stages when it can be treated effectively, and the survival rate is very high.

How often do I need a Pap test?
Most women need a Pap test every 3 to 5 years. The current Pap technology is improved and if done along with the HPV (human papilloma virus) test, once every 5 years is recommended when both tests are normal. If you had a hysterectomy, or your last Pap or HPV test was abnormal, ask your doctor to check BCCCNP guidelines to see what will be paid.

What should I do if my mammogram shows I have dense breasts?
Talk to your doctor. Depending on your personal breast cancer risk, you may need to have extra testing. Or you may not need to do anything but have regular mammograms every year. Check this link for more information about dense breasts:

Why do I need a mammogram if there's no history of breast cancer in my family?
Eighty-percent of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease.

How often do I need a mammogram?
Once is not enough. A mammogram can detect breast cancer when it is in its earliest, most treatable stages, but only if done every year. The American Cancer Society recommends that once you turn 40 you should have a mammogram every year. Examine your breasts monthly, and make sure your doctor gives you a breast examination once a year.

Are Mammograms painful?
A mammogram is simply an X-ray of your breast. Although the procedure may cause discomfort, it is very quick.

If a mammogram does find something, is it too late?
No. Over 90 percent of women with breast cancer survive if the cancer is found and treated early, before it has spread beyond the breast.

Will getting a mammogram expose me to unsafe levels of radiation?
The radiation exposure from mammography equipment is very low, similar to being in the sun for two hours. It is far more dangerous to allow breast cancer to go undetected and untreated than to be exposed to very low doses of radiation.

Can a mammogram detect all breast cancers?
A mammogram is the best method for detecting early breast cancer, but mammograms are not perfect. They must be combined with a yearly breast exam by a health professional.




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