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The Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) began in Washington state in 1993. The program was created by the United States Congress to improve access to breast, and cervical cancer screening for Washington residents without health insurance. In 2009, colon cancer screening was added for people without health insurance.

Through this landmark program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now supports comprehensive screening activities in all 50 states, 4 U.S. territories, in the District of Columbia and in 13 American Indian/Alaskan Native tribes and tribal organizations. Since 1990 the program has served more than 8 million women in the U.S.

BCCHP at Public Health — Seattle & King County provides services for residents in Clallam, Jefferson, King and Kitsap counties.

  • 1993 – The Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) began in Washington state.

  • 1994 – BCCHP begins services. Since then BCCHP has provided services to 54,447 women in Clallam, Jefferson, King and Kitsap counties.

  • 2005 – Through a grant from CDC, Washington Colon Health Program started as a pilot program providing colon cancer screening services in Clallam, Jefferson, King and Kitsap counties, totaling 7,754 men and women till date.

  • 2009 – The state of Washington received funding from CDC to continue the colon cancer screening and becomes part of the breast and cervical cancer screening services. Since 2005 BCCHP has screened a total of 7,754 people for colon cancer.

  • 2014 – With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), thousands of people have access to affordable insurance options. BCCHP educates the communities we serve about full insurance coverage options.

Without the BCCHP, we would not have been able to serve these uninsured clients
Breast health
  • 43,105 women would not have been screened for breast cancer
  • 856 clients would have not or had a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer
  • 822 women would not have access or had delayed access to treatment
Cervical health
  • 43,282 women would not have been screened for cervical cancer using pap smears
  • 6,918 women would not have been screened for cervical cancer using HPV tests
  • 295 women would have not or had a delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer
  • 622 women would have not or had a delayed diagnosis of pre-cancerous cervical lesions
  • 423 women would have not have been followed up with treatment
Colon health
  • 7,754 adults would not have been screened for colon cancer with a take home Fecal Immunological Test (FIT) and a health examination with a primary care provider
  • 545 adults with a positive FIT would not have had pre-cancerous polyps removed during a screening colonoscopy
  • 6 adults would have not or had a delayed diagnosis of colorectal cancer
Consent for release of information, Health Screening Program of Washington (HSP):
Consent form for text opt-in

This BCCHP Text Opt-in & Consent Form is for BCCHP colorectal cancer screening and BCCTP Treatment clients. Using texting facilitates communication with our clients in addition to phone calls and voicemail messaging. Clients are more apt to respond to text messages vs responding to an unknown phone number or unrecognized voicemail message.