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Cancer Control Programs


The goals of the Cancer Control Program at the Howard County Health Department are to reduce cancer mortality in Howard County and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes among whites and ethnic minorities.

Through the Cigarette Restitution Fund (CRF), Cancer Control will target seven cancers in the county with prevention, education, screening, and/or treatment programs. The seven targeted cancers are lung, colorectal, breast, cervical, prostate, skin, and oral cancers.

Several programs are currently in place. The Colorectal Cancer Program (CRCP) provides free colonoscopies to those residents who qualify. Diagnosis and treatment services are available if needed. Colorectal cancer education is provided throughout the county.

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP), which is funded through separate grants from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), provides clinical breast exams, mammograms, and pap tests for women who qualify. Diagnosis and treatment services are also funded if needed.

Living Well Program
The Living Well: Take Charge of Your Health
program is a 6 week evidence-based self-management workshop developed by Stanford University. Designed for people living with one or more chronic conditions, Living Well participants can experience positive health outcomes including improvement in their overall quality of life, reduced health complications and reduced need for emergency care. The program offers techniques to deal with problems often associated with chronic illnesses, including frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.

If you are interested in attending a Living Well class, contact Wendy Farthing through Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-313-5980 or email MAP to inquire about upcoming sessions.  You may also click HERE to visit the Office on Aging webpage for more.


For more information contact us at:
Howard County Health Department
7178 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, Maryland 21046