North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program

Women in North Carolina who qualify for the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP) receive free or low-cost screening for breast and cervical cancer.  Over 12,000 women are served by NC BCCCP every year.

NC BCCCP services are offered at the offices of the Foothills Health District.

Breast Cancer

When abnormal cells grow out of control, it is called cancer. Cancers are named after the part of the body where the abnormal cell growth begins. Breast cancers are small cancer cells from the breast. Breast cancer cells that have spread to other parts of the body are called metastatic.

North Carolina’s second-leading cause of cancer death among women is breast cancer. In North Carolina, over 6,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and over 1,000 die from it. There is an eight-to-one lifetime risk of breast cancer among North Carolina women.

Cervical Cancer

It is called cervical cancer when it starts in the cervix. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. Also known as the womb, the uterus is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. The cervix connects the upper part of the uterus to the vagina (birth canal).

Each year more than 350 North Carolina women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 100 die from the condition. The majority of these deaths occur in women over age 45.


You are eligible for BCCCP Services if you:

  • 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 below 250% of the federal poverty level.

Services Offered

  • Cervical cancer screenings (Pap tests, HPV tests)
  • Clinical breast exams
  • Screening mammograms
  • Diagnostic procedures, as indicated (diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, colposcopies, breast and cervical biopsies)
  • Medical consultations


Clinic visits are by appointment only. If you do not have an appointment please contact one of our offices. 

Other Resources:

North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP)




Appointments at McDowell County Health Department

(828) 652-6811 

Appointments at Rutherford County Health Department

(828) 287-6100 option #2