The Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program helps fund clinics across the state to give quality, low-cost and accessible breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to women. Eligible clients receive these services for free. Regular screening tests might find pre-cancer or cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best.

Services

The BCCS provides the following services

Screening Services

Exams and tests used to detect cancer when no symptoms are present:

  • Clinical breast examination: A health care provider, such as a doctor or nurse, looks at and feels the breast and underarms for skin changes or lumps during a health check-up.
  • Screening mammogram: An x-ray picture of the breast used to find breast cancer.
  • Pelvic exam: A health care provider, such as a doctor or nurse, looks at and feels the outside and inside of the vagina and genital area for changes associated with cancer or other problem.
  • Pap test (Pap smear): A test that checks the cervix for abnormal cells.
  • Case management and education.

Diagnostic Services

Exams and tests used to detect cancer when symptoms are present or to check an area of concern on a screening test.

  • Diagnostic mammogram: An x-ray picture of the breast used to find cancer. This mammogram provides more pictures using different angles compared to a screening mammogram. Often performed if the screening mammogram has an area that needs to be visualized better.
  • Breast ultrasound: A test that uses sound waves to take a picture of the inside of the breast.
  • Breast biopsy: Removal of a small amount of tissue from the breast to check for abnormal cells.
  • Colposcopy: A healthcare provider looks at the cervix with a special microscope.
  • Loop Electrosurgical Excisional Procedure: Removal of abnormal cervical tissue using a thin wire loop with an electric current.
  • Cervical biopsy: Removal of a small amount of abnormal tissue from the cervix.
  • Case management and education

Cervical Dysplasia Management and Treatment

Follow-up and treatment of abnormal cells found on the cervix.

  • Treatment LEEP
  • Cervical cryotherapy: Removing abnormal cervical cells by freezing them.
  • Cervical conizations: Treating abnormal cervical cells by removing a cone-shaped area of tissue from the cervix and cervical canal.
  • Case management and education

Help Applying for Medicaid for Services

MBCC is a Medicaid program that helps women to get treatment for breast and cervical cancer. Services include

  • Help filling out the application
  • Initial screening for eligibility
  • Determination of a qualifying diagnosis
  • Case management and education

Handbooks

Contractors can get voucher documents from the program contract manager.

Forms

Rules and Legislation

As a grantee of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Services is partly funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congress established the NBCCEDP in 1991 by enacting the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-354). NBCCEDP was reauthorized in April 2007.

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

For more than 25 years, the Center for Disease Control’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program has provided low-income, uninsured, and underserved women access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.

The site includes research, links to state programs and data related to breast and cervical cancer.

Contact Information

Texas Health and Human Services
Breast and Cervical Cancer Services, MC 0224
1100 W. 49th St.
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
Phone: 512-776-7796
Fax: 512-776-7203
Email: BCCSProgram@hhsc.state.tx.us