The Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet eligibility guidelines. Free services include a pelvic exam, pap smear, clinical breast exam, mammogram, and diagnostic services such as an ultrasound, colposcopy, or biopsy, if needed.
For more information about free screenings, contact ABCCEDP toll-free at 1-877-252-3324 or contact your local county health department.
Eligibility Guidelines for Free Services
- Women ages 40 to 64
- Women who have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines - 2015 Income Eligibility Guidelines
- Women without insurance or who are underinsured
Eligibility Changes Effective November 1, 2015 New!
Due to continued demand and limited funds for breast cancer screening, effective November 1, 2015, ABCCEDP will make the following changes:
Breast Cancer Screening
- Women aged 50-64
- Women under age 50 (very high breast cancer risk only)
- Personal history of breast cancer OR
- Breast mass AND one of the following:
- 1st degree relative with breast cancer (mother, sister, father)
- Bloody nipple discharge expressed by provider during CBE
Cervical Cancer Screening
- Women age 40-64
- Women age 30-39 who have had a tubal ligation
(Note: Research shows that women in this group are at a higher risk for cervical cancer due to lack of screening following tubal ligation.)
Our ability to provide breast screening services to women age 40-64 is directly related to funds available for this grant year. Program funds are provided by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the State of Alabama, Susan G. Komen North Central AL, Joy to Life Foundation, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
ADPH will continue to monitor the number of women enrolling in the program and related costs. Although adjusting the age groups eligible for program services can be frustrating and confusing, utilizing all funds to serve those in need is our ultimate objective.
A flyer has been created for ABCCEDP women regarding Alabama 211. By dialing 2-1-1, individuals will be provided information and easy access to community resources located throughout Alabama. Assistance with insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace as well as many other services listed on the flyer will be available. An ABCCEDP eligibility update form that summarizes current eligibility has also created.
Health care providers who have contracted with ABCCEDP should enroll their patients through the ABCCEDP Online Med-It System.
For instructions on how to enroll a patient, please read the 2012 Med-It Enrollment Instructions.
Breast Cancer Facebook Page
We would like to share the exciting news that the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control has recently launched a Facebook page dedicated to the topic of breast cancer. The page, targeted to public health partners, healthcare providers and the public, was created to provide an interactive forum dedicated to preventing and reducing the effects of breast cancer on women. Please log onto Facebook and “like” their page, engage with their content, and share with your followers on Facebook. We hope you find this to be a valuable resource in the fight against breast cancer.
You can find the new CDC Breast Cancer page at https://www.facebook.com/CDCBreastCancer.
Since the program's beginning in 10/1996 to 12/2014:
- 102,951 women screened
- 158,416 clinical breast exams provided
- 143,378 mammograms provided
- 86,410 Pap smear tests provided
- 1,958 breast cancers detected
- 1,559 cervical preinvasive (CIN I, II & III) and invasive cancers detected
Here is our screening information for last grant year (July 2013 - June 2014):
- 16,323 women screened
- 11,972 clinical breast exams provided
- 12,742 mammograms provided
- 5,547 Pap smear tests provided
- 135 breast cancers detected
- 148 cervical preinvasive (CIN I, II & III) and invasive cancers detected