Cancer Programs

​​​The Allegany County Health Department provides no-cost cancer screening for the following for those who meet program guidelines:
  • Breast Cancer (including a clinical breast exam with a medical provider and a mammogram at a local radiology facility);
  • Cervical Cancer (including a pap test with a primary care provider or gynecologist);
  • Colorectal Cancer (including an office visit with a gastroenterologist, and a colonoscopy at a local hospital or surgical center);
  • Lung Cancer (including an office visit with a primary care provider, and a low-dose lung CT scan at a local hospital or radiology facility)
  • Skin Cancer (including an office visit for a full body skin check with a dermatologist)

The Allegany County Health Department Cancer Program is funded by grant money through the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Program, as well as through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our program provides the following:

  • Education sessions with a registered nurse to learn about cancer screenings, risk factors, prevention, and early detection
  • Transportation to and from appointments, if needed
  • Education regarding test results and when the next screening is recommended

How do you know if you qualify?

  • ​​​You must live in Maryland
  • You must meet financial guidelines established by the Maryland Department of Health 
  • You must fall within the age recommendations for the various cancer screenings (for example, breast cancer screening starts at age 40)

The Cancer Screening Program accepts persons who do not have health insurance and will cover bills related to the cancer screening if you meet the above eligibility requirements. We also accept clients who have health insurance (including Medicare and commercial insurance), since the insurance may not pay for the total cost of the screening.  If you have Medical Assistance (also known as Maryland Medicaid or “MA”), this insurance will pay for your cancer screening, and we can help you set up your appointments and walk you through the screening process to assure you understand.

Interested in Enrolling in a Cancer Screening Program?

How can I avoid getting cancer? 

There are some risk factors you cannot change, such as family history, age, and race, but there are some risk factors that you can change.

To lower your risk of getting cancer: 

  • ​Eat a diet high in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be physically active at least 30 minutes per day
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Stop using tobacco products

If you are ready to take that first step in preventing cancer or finding it early when it is treatable, call us at 301-759-5083. One call could save your life!​