Cancer Prevention, Care, and Screening

Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis, not only for the person affected, but for their family and friends as well. The CHCC offers a variety of cancer-related services through both our hospital and public health services division.

Below you can find information about the Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, and the CNMI Cancer Registry.

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Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program

Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program

Programs & Services

Breast & Cervical Screening Program

The Breast and Cervical Screening Program (BCSP) offers breast cancer and cervical cancer exams such as a Pap Test and Clinical Breast Exam to women ages 21 - 64, and Mammograms to women ages 50-64 year at no cost if they meet the program’s eligibility requirements below.

Eligibility requirements:
- Is 21 years of age or older
- Is a resident of the CNMI for at least 1 year
- Does not have health insurance or has health insurance but has not met their deductible
- And has a Household Income that is not more than the maximum income for your family size

Household Income guidelines:

Family Size Maximum Income
1 $20,660
2 $27,880
3 $35,100
4 $43,320
5 $49,540
6 $56,760
7 $63,980
8 $71,200

Family size of more than 8 members, add $3,610.00 for each member.

Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCCP) is focused on preventing and minimizing the impact of cancer in our island community. It focuses on paying special attention to the needs and concerns of all cancer survivors and their families, developing and implementing strategic plans to address the cancer burden, setting priorities and leveraging resources to implement evidence-based interventions to support behavioral lifestyle changes to prevent cancer; ensure access to screen services to detect cancers early; as well as to ensure access to treatment services.

CNMI Cancer Registry

The CNMI Cancer Registry’s goal is to develop a systematic and accurate collection of cancer data in the CNMI. The University of Hawaii, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health was designated the bonafide agent on behalf of the ten USAPI jurisdictions to plan and implement the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) planning program. The CDC cooperative agreement was awarded in July 2007. The majority of USAPI jurisdictions began reporting 2007 data to the CDC NPCR in December 2009 via the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry. The Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands, as the Advisory Board to the PRCCR, has included data items within the cancer registry database to capture selected variables on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). By so doing the regional registry system is able to identify cancer patients with co‚Äźexisting NCDs as well as interface with the public health programs. This ensures that the NCD needs are properly identified and incorporated into care plans and that individuals with cancer and other NCD co-morbidities are included in all NCD and cancer “registries” or databases.

The primary tasks and responsibilities of the Pacific Regional Cancer Registry are:

1) To develop the systems and policies which insure proper identification, reporting and recording of all cancers in each USAPI

2) To develop the capacity and infrastructure for each of the USAPI to manage the rigorous data collection and entry required of a cancer registry

3) To develop a cancer registry where the data is controlled and owned by each individual jurisdiction and to ensure the data are useful for local program planning and evaluation as well as Tracking local cancer trends over time

4) To develop a cancer registry system that is sophisticated, flexible and sustainable, i.e. takes into account the relative caseload of cancers in each USAPI, the availability of trained

5) Personnel, and the local ability to finance such a system

6) To link the individual USAPI cancer registries in a synergistic system which allows for economies of scale to make the regional registry project sustainable.