Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening and Treatment Program

The Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program (CPEST) provides and administers grants to local health departments and academic centers to reduce cancer mortality and cancer disparities in Maryland.


The purpose ​of Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program (CPEST) is to coordinate the State's use of the Cigarette Restitution Fund (CRF) so as to create a lasting legacy of public health initiatives that reduce mortality and morbidity rates for cancer and tobacco-related diseases in the State and otherwise benefit the health and welfare of the State's residents. 


The Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund was established in 2000 by the Maryland General As​sembly (SB896/H​​B4125) to reduce the cancer incidence and mortality in Maryland. The legislation required the establishm​​ent of a local public health component to coordinate efforts in each jurisdiction. The local public health component of the CRF is the Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program (CPEST).

There are seven targeted cancers identified as priorities under the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP). CRFP funds may be used to provide prevention, early detection, and/or treatment services for the targeted cancers. The seven-targeted cancers are lung and bronchus, colorectal, breast, cervical, prostate, skin (melanoma), and oral cancers.​

Local Health Department Cancer Programs 

JurisdictionContact Number​
Allegany County
Anne Arundel County410-222-6180
Baltimore City - (MedStar) 
​Baltimore City - University of Maryland Medical Group​ (UMMG) ​410-328-4673
Baltimore County410-887-3432
Calvert County410-535-5400
Caroline County410-479-8080
Carroll County410-876-4423
Cecil County410-996-5168
Charles County301-609-6852
Dorchester County410-901-8125
Frederick County301-600-3362
Garrett County301-334-7770
Harford County410-942-7930
Howard County410-313-0625
Kent County410-778-1350
Montgomery County 240-777-1750
Prince George's County (Luminis Health DCMC) 301-883-3524
Queen Anne's County410-758-0720
Somerset County​443-523-1799
St. Mary's County 301-475-4330
Talbot County410-819-5600
Washington County240-313-3235
Wicomico County410-548-5175
Worcester County410-632-1100