Women's Cancer Screening Program


The Women's Cancer Screening Program (WCSP) works to reduce the burden (mortality and morbidity), of breast and cervical cancer, among low income women with special emphasis on reaching un/underinsured, older, medically under-served, racial, ethnic, and/or cultural minorities, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, lesbians, women with disabilities, and other emergent populations in RI (specifically the refugee population). The WCSP has developed a strong network of providers to assure that the delivery of breast and cervical cancer screening, follow-up, treatment, and support services are available for enrolled clients.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Since program inception in 1995: Enrolled and provided breast and/or cervical cancer screening services to more than 32,000 RI women; Provided 43,175 mammograms and 41,469 Pap smears; Since the establishment of the treatment component in 2001, enrolled over 2,000 women into Medicaid to cover the cost of treatment for the diagnosis of a precancerous condition of the breast or cervix or a diagnosis of breast or cervical cancer.
  • 397 cases of breast cancer and 32 invasive cervical cancers have been diagnosed through the program.