Cancer Prevention/Control Programs

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Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)

Cancer Prevention, Education Screening and Treatment (CPEST)

Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (CRCP)

Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Did You Know?

Approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will develop Cancer at some point during their lifetime.

The goals of the Cancer Control Program at the Howard County Health Department are to reduce cancer deaths in Howard County and to reduce the differences in cancer outcomes among whites and ethnic minorities.

Through the Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP), Cancer Control  targets seven cancers for with prevention, education, screening, and treatment. Seven cancers are targeted for education:  breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, and skin cancers.  Three cancers are targeted for screening:  breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers.

The Colorectal Cancer Program (CRCP) provides free colonoscopies to those residents who qualify. Diagnosis and treatment services are available if needed. 

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP), which is funded through separate grants from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), provides clinical breast exams, mammograms, and pap tests for women who qualify. Diagnosis and treatment services are also funded if needed.  

  • Increase breast and cervical cancer screening among the uninsured, low income women statewide and provide follow-up diagnosis
  • Carry out public and professional education to assure the quality of screening services
  • Provide early detection of Colorectal Cancer by increasing by increasing the number of Maryland adults screened and to decrease racial and ethnic health disparities
  • Work with community partners. State agencies, healthcare entities, resource centers and other local health departments to implement proven strategies to protect Maryland residents from tobacco-related death and disease
  • Prevent youth and young adults from ever using tobacco products
  • Provide resources to assist residents who are ready to quit using tobacco
  • Eliminate exposure to harmful toxins found in second-hand smoke
  • Identify and eliminate health disparities among population groups disproportionately affected by tobacco-related death and disease

The Health Department Provides:

  • Free tobacco cessation to all who live, work, or study in Howard County
  • Fund colonoscopies, clinical breast exams, mammograms and pap tests for eligible residents
  • Provide prevention education for: breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate and skin cancer
  • On-site language interpretation services
  • Services for those with or without in local local community providers offices
  • A Cancer Coalition that meets quarterly to assure the availability of a comprehensive Cancer Control Program for Howard County residents through leadership, advocacy and support of the work done toward the coordination of Cancer control efforts in Howard County (see Meetings & Events page for meeting dates/time)

Please contact us for more information and eligibility for no cost screenings ar 410-313-4255