Supplement provides comprehensive analysis of national cancer screening program

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
Monday, May 18, 2015

Contact: CDC Media Relations


An in-depth analysis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) examines the overall successes and challenges faced by the largest organized cancer screening program in the U.S.


Monday, May 18, 2015


 A special supplement of Cancer Causes and Control, includes 16 articles examining the needs of women served by the NBCCEDP and the extent to which those needs are met.


The NBCCEDP is designed to reach women who are underserved and may not have access to breast and cervical cancer screening services. Since it began in 1990, the NBCCEDP has provided access to breast and cervical screening to more than 4.3 million women in the U.S., five U.S. territories, and 11 tribes.

Articles in the supplement focus on several topics, such as:

  • Program and state variations in the proportion of women served
  • Cancer detection rates in the NBCCEDP
  • Clinical outcomes for women in the program, including the first population-based comparison of women in the NBCCEDP with women not enrolled in the program who have early- and late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer.

The special supplement also provides the first look at human papillomavirus (HPV) test use as part of screening in the NBCCEDP.

As the only nationally organized cancer screening program in the U.S., the NBCCEDP provides a model to guide future efforts in providing preventive health services and understanding the impact of these services on reducing deaths from breast and cervical cancer among all women in the U.S.


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