Cancer Among Hispanics In New Jersey

Appendix IV:
New Jersey Breast and Cervical
Cancer Initiative (NJBCCCI)

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The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act of 1990 authorized the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to implement a national program to ensure that all women who need them receive regular screenings for breast and cervical cancer with prompt follow-up if necessary. Accordingly, the CDC funds the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to bring breast and cervical cancer screening services to underserved women, including older women, women with limited income, uninsured or underinsured women, and women of race and ethnic minority groups.

The NJBCCCI, of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, has been screening women since January 1, 1996. The program began in 5 counties: Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Middlesex, and Morris. As of September 1, 1997, every county in the State had funded screening projects. The screening projects provide mammograms, clinical breast exams, instructions in breast self-exam, pelvic exams, and pap smears to eligible women. The NJBCCCI contracts with an agency in each of New Jersey's twenty-one counties to provide these services. The phone number of the program office in each county are listed below.

If you are 50 years of age or older, call one of the numbers below to see if you are eligible for free screening services. If you are age 65 years or older and receive Medicare, screening mammograms performed at a Medicare-approved facility will be covered. Ask the facility if it is approved by Medicare to do a screening mammogram. If you receive Medicaid, a screening mammogram based on the American Cancer Society screening guidelines is covered.

Education and early detection services for prostate and colorectal cancer were added to this program in 2000. The target populations for prostate cancer education, screening and outreach are men age 50 and older who have limited incomes, black men age 40 and older, and other men at high risk for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer screening includes a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) at a minimum and may include the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.

The target population for colorectal cancer education, screening and outreach is persons age 50 and older who have limited income, with a special emphasis on racial and ethnic minority populations. Colorectal cancer screening includes a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), DRE and either a flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, as directed by a physician.

Atlantic County(609) 653-4624 Middlesex County(732) 521-1402
Bergen County(201) 599-6114 Monmouth County(732) 933-3989
Burlington County(609) 267-1950 Morris County 1-800-447-3337
Camden County(609) 968-7324 Ocean County1-800-621-0096
Cape May County(609) 465-1200  Passaic County(973) 754-2778
Cumberland County(609) 825-3344 Salem County(609) 825-3344
Essex County(973) 972-2777 Somerset County(908) 526-9001
Glouster County(609) 853-2057 Sussex County(201) 625-6176
Hudson County(201) 946-6430 Union County(908) 753-3579
Hunterdon County(908) 788-6514 Warren County(908) 859-6777
Mercer County(609) 394-4045 

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