Breast Cancer Screening

Want to get screened? Not sure where to begin?

EVERY WOMAN COUNTS is a cancer detection program in the California Department of Public Health that provides California’s medically undeserved women access to screening and diagnostic services for breast and cervical cancer.

Materials are available in many languages.


Do you qualify for free services?  You may, if you:

  • Are a woman 40 years old or older, you may qualify for routine breast cancer screenings
  • Meet Income Criteria
  • Have no or limited insurance
  • Are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or another government-sponsored program
  • Live in California
  • Have symptoms of at any age, regardless of gender, you may qualify for breast diagnostic services

Some warning signs and/or symptoms of breast cancer include:

  •  Lump, mass or swelling in the breast or underarm
  •  Changes in size or shape of breast
  •  Change in skin texture and color (dimpling, puckering, redness, scaly skin, or thickening) of the breast or nipple
  •  Nipple retraction or inversion
  •  Nipple discharge
  •  Breast pain
  • Please note that these warning signs and/or symptoms may occur with conditions other than breast cancer.

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Enroll on your own

When you call 1 (800) 511-2300 it will prompt you to select your language

  • This is an automated service that helps you to find a provider/doctor or clinic near you to enroll you into the Every Woman Counts Cancer Detection Program
  • You will need to enter your zipcode
  • You will then be provided with a list of providers who will enroll you into the program on
  • your first appointment

Questions to expect:

  • You will be asked simple basic questions, name, address, phone number
  • Questions like have you ever had a breast examination or a mammogram, if so when was
  • the last date and where
  • Questions about family history around breast cancer –anyone in your family ever had breast cancer, if so, was it your mother, sister, aunt, etc
  • Do you smoke tabacco
  • Do you drink alcohol, if so how many drinks per week

Financial Income:

  • Are you employed yes or no
  • What is your monthly household income
  • How many persons live in household

Note : to qualify, your household income must be at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) (See
chart below)

Get Help To Enroll

If you need assistance enrolling into de EVERY WOMAN COUNTS Cancer Detection program for free screening services contact the following organizations:

Bay Area Cancer Connections (BACC)
CONTACT BY CALLING 415-584-3444

Provides early detection assistance such as screening and diagnostic services for breast health issues–available to all uninsured women and men. They also assist with providing transportation to screenings, translation between physician and patient and more. Translation services provided.

African American Sister to Sister Breast Health Program at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)

CPMC operates the African American Breast Health and Sister to Sister Programs.
The goal of the program is to provide access to no-cost mammography screening at the California and St. Luke’s campuses for uninsured women who live in San Francisco. Women screened through the African American Breast Health and Sister to Sister programs also receive all subsequent breast health diagnostic testing and treatment they may need at no cost. This program is open to all women, regardless of ethnic background. Full translation services provided.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Cancer Navigation Program

The cancer navigation program is a comprehensive patient navigation program that works with vulnerable and undeserved cancer patients. The program also assists low-income women access free cancer screening services at no cost.
CONTACT Barbara Cicerelli at 628-206-8885 (English);
Liz Castillo at 628-206-8884 (Spanish);
Jenny Tran at 628-206-8676 (Chinese)

Planned parenthood Northern California

Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable healthcare, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With or without insurance, you can always go to Planned Parenthood for your healthcare. English; Spanish; interpretation by telephone available for other languages. Please let us know if you need an interpreter when scheduling your appointment.
CONTACT BY CALLING 415-401-8737

Chinatown Public Health Center

The Chinatown Public Health Center is a primary care clinic of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and provides primary care services including screening and treatment services for all residents living in San Francisco, including low-income, immigrant and the uninsured. Specific breast cancer services include, breast health days and mammograph vans, health educator services and education about breast self-exams and health nutrition. Translation services available.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 415-364-7600

 

Shanti’s Margot Murphy Women’s Cancer Program
Offers services to mitigate the barriers women face after a cancer diagnosis.

Círculo de Vida
Círculo de Vida provides an invaluable and unparalleled services to Latinos living with cancer and their loved ones –most of them immigrants, low-income, and without health insurance– as they navigate a frightening illness and an increasingly complex medical system.

Breast Cancer Emergency Fund
Since 2001, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) has been the only Bay Area organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to low-income women and men battling breast cancer.

Project Open Hand
Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to critically ill neighbors
and seniors.

C.A.R.E. Program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General
C.A.R.E. is designed for people with cancer who receive their care and treatment at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Through C.A.R.E. Program, people diagnosed with cancer receive education and support, as well as a free, healthy, and delicious meal every week

Rafiki Coalition for Health & Wellness
Rafiki Coalition strives to achieve its focus by providing health and wellness services including but not limited to, health education, movement classes, health screenings, advocacy, transitional housing and case management services for people living with HIV/AIDS, trauma resiliency and mental health circles, and other health-promoting activities.

Zero Breast Cancer
Zero Breast Cancer promotes breast cancer risk reduction through translation of scientific research and evidence-based recommendations that support health and wellness at key stages of life.

San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network
The San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network is a group of organizations working toward a common goal –the preservation of vital safety-net programs, leading to the provision of a continuum of high quality, comprehensive, compassionate care for women with cancer.

Breast Cancer Action
Breast Cancer Action’s mission is to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer.

Samoan Community Development Center
The Samoan Community Development Center offers a variety of programs for the people in its community including a Breast Cancer Outreach program.

If you have little or no insurance, the following are a list of low income Insurance programs and clinics you can contact for direct services and or assistance to enroll in Medi-Cal or Healthy San Francisco.

Medi-Cal
Medical provides free or low-cost health insurance for eligible individuals that come with a range of health benefits and services. Medi-Cal eligibility is based primarily on your income. For more information on Medi-Cal or for help with your benefits, call the San Francisco City and County Human Services Agency service center at
415-558-4700.

Healthy San Francisco
Healthy San Francisco is not an insurance plan. It is a program designed to make health care services available and affordable to uninsured San Francisco residents. It is operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH). Call 415-615-4555. Translation services available.

San Francisco Women’s Cancer Network
SFWCN provides referrals to screening, diagnostics, treatment, psychosocial support, complementary therapies, transportation, and basic emergency needs. For more information call: 415-347-7788

St. Luke’s Hospital Women’s Clinics
St Luke’s will assist those who are low-income with no insurance, enroll into Medi-Cal or Family PACT, Family PACT is only for family planning needs. If you qualify you must be able to get pregnant or cause a pregnancy care needs other than family planning. For more information call 415-641-2156

San Francisco Free Clinic
The San Francisco Free Clinic provides free medical care to people who do not have health insurance. If you are uninsured, you can receive Medi Cal care. To make an appointment, call 415-750-9894 (11am and 4:30pm)

Mission Neighborhood Health Center Women’s Clinic
MNHC commits is to provide care and the necessary resources to support its patients’ health and wellbeing. They provide culturally sensitive services in Spanish and English. Interpretations for other languages are available. They welcome patients who are uninsured and low-income and offer affordable healthcare on a sliding fee scale based on the patient’s income and family size. At MNHC, no one is denied care due to inability to pay. For more information call: 415-552-3870

Clinic by the Bay
Clinic by the Bay is a free clinic. If you are a resident of San Francisco or San Mateo county, who does not have Medicare, Medi-Cal or private insurance, please contact them to schedule an eligibility appointment to determine how they can help. If you have a health concern, have not seen a doctor in a while, or you want primary care, preventative care, or wellness screenings, their dedicated volunteer staff is committed to serving you as soon as possible. Call to schedule your appointment at 415-405-0207