New York State Cancer Services Program
What is the Cancer Services Program?
The Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings at NO COST to women and men who:
- Do not have health insurance OR have health insurance that does not cover the cost of these screenings
- Cannot pay for these screenings
- Meet income eligibility requirements
- Meet age requirements
- Live in New York State
What cancer screening services are available through the CSP?
- Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram and Clinical Breast Exam)
- Women ages 40 and older
- Women under age 40 at high risk for breast cancer*
- Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Test and Pelvic Exam)
- Women ages 40 and older
- Colorectal Cancer Screening (Fecal Occult Blood Test/Fecal Immunochemical Test Kit)
- Men and women ages 50 and older at average risk for colorectal cancer
- Colorectal Cancer Screening (Colonoscopy)
- Men and women at increased or high risk for colorectal cancer*
*Only a New York State-licensed health care provider can determine risk.
Where are these screening services provided?
Services are provided in local clinics, health centers, doctors' offices and hospitals in every county and borough in New York State by health care providers participating in the CSP.
Who do I call for a FREE cancer screening or to be connected to other CSP services?
Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) to talk to someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week who will connect you to a Cancer Services Program near you. The call is free.
Or, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/services/partnerships/ to search by county.
Why should I be screened for cancer?
Breast, cervical and colorectal cancers may not always cause symptoms, but there are screening tests that can find these cancers early, when treatment is most successful.
- The risk for breast cancer increases with age. Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should be screened.
- All women are at risk for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the easiest cancers to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early.
- All men and women ages 50 or older should be screened for colorectal cancer. If a member of your family has had colorectal cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend starting screening earlier.
Early cancer detection saves lives!
What if they find something or I need treatment after the screening?
- If the screening test finds something abnormal, diagnostic (testing) services are available through the CSP for eligible women and men at no cost.
- If breast, cervical or colorectal cancer is found, eligible women and men may be able to enroll in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program to receive full Medicaid coverage for the entire time they are being treated for cancer.
- Men diagnosed with prostate cancer by a doctor in this program may be able to enroll in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program (the CSP does not pay for prostate cancer screening or diagnostic services).
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Report 2009-2011 (PDF, 586KB)
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Report 2008-2009 (PDF, 673KB)
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Report 2005-2008 (PDF, 503KB)
For more information contact:
1-866-442-CANCER (2262)Cancer Services Program
Bureau of Chronic Disease Control
New York State Department of Health
Riverview Center, Suite 350
Albany, NY 12204-0678
Phone: (518) 474-1222