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What should I know about breast cancer?

In SF, breast cancer has the highest incidence rate and 2nd highest mortality rate for women behind lung cancer.

Mammograms can detect breast cancer early, possibly before it has spread. 


The following are trusted sources for the latest information on screening and treatment:


Call your primary care doctor (PCP) to schedule screening

If you don’t have a PCP, contact a primary care clinic or our community partners


Still 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 underserved 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 breast cancer at any age, regardless of gender, you may qualify for breast diagnostic services

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 tobacco

  • 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)

All EWC recipients must have a household income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Poverty level is determined by dividing the total household income (before taxes) by the number of persons living on this income. The FPL Household Income is adjusted on an annual basis. ‘Gross Income’ means income before taxes and other deductions.

The 2019 FPL is effective from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020



Every Woman Count’s (EWC) Regional Contractor for the San Francisco Bay Area:
The EWC Regional Contractors are available for additional information about breast and cervical
cancer. They can also provide links to support groups, advocacy groups, and the latest information
on what’s happening in their communities.

Regional Contractor staff are responsible for:

  • assisting providers with enrollment and orientation to EWC,

  • providing clinical support and

  • communication with providers on behalf of the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)



1970 Broadway, Ste. 670
Oakland, CA 94612
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm


Spanish: 1(844)496-6366
English: 1(510)625-1390

Get Help To Enroll

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

Bay Area Cancer Connections (BACC)
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

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


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.

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.

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