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National Cancer Institute (NCI)

NCI has comprehensive research-based information on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, genetics, and supportive care. We also have a clinical trials database and can offer tailored searches.

Phone:
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
Web site:
Chat online:
livehelp.cancer.gov (NCI's instant messaging service)
Email:

Order publications at http://www.cancer.gov/publications or by calling 1-800-4-CANCER

We invite you to call or go online to talk with our trained information specialists, who speak
English or Spanish, to:

  • Get answers to any cancer-related questions you may have
  • Get free NCI publications
  • Learn more about specific resources and organizations in your area
  • Find information on the NCI Web site http://www.cancer.gov

Find more organizations:

Visit NCI's database of National Organizations That Offer Cancer-Related Support Services to find organizations that provide emotional, practical, or financial support services to people with cancer and their families.

American Cancer Society (ACS)

ACS gives cancer information and support to patients, families, and caregivers. It also supports research, community education, advocacy, and public policy issues. Trained cancer information specialists can answer questions about cancer, link you to resources in your community, and provide information on local events.

Phone:
1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)
TTY:
1-866-228-4327
Web site:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC conducts, supports, and promotes efforts to prevent cancer and increase early detection of cancer. CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides these services for underserved women:

  • Clinical breast exams
  • Mammograms (free or low-cost)
  • Diagnostic tests if results are abnormal
  • Referrals to treatment
Toll Free:
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
TTY:
1-888-232-6348
Web site:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS provides information for consumers about patient rights, prescription drugs, and health insurance issues, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with permanent kidney failure. It covers an annual screening mammogram, among other services. Medicare has information about providers in your area. English-or Spanish-speaking representatives can help you.

Phone:
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
TTY:
1-877-486-2048
Web site:

Medicaid is a program for people who need financial help with medical bills. You can learn more about this program by calling your local state welfare offices, state health department, state social services agencies, or your state's Medicaid office. Spanish-speaking staff is available in some offices.

National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC)

NWHIC is a gateway to women's health information. NWHIC has English-and Spanish-speaking Information and Referral Specialists who will order free health information for you. They can also help you find organizations that can answer your health-related questions.

Phone:
1-800-994-9662
TTY:
1-888-220-5446
Web site:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA has fact sheets and brochures about mammography, as well as information about a certified mammography facility near you. It also has laws about how these facilities are run.

Phone:
1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)
Web site:
  • Updated: March 25, 2014