According to the CDC, rural communities in America are experiencing a slower reduction in cancer death rates than urban areas. We know prevention, diagnosis and treatment options can be limited for patients living in rural areas. In fact, women living in rural areas are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer. Providers play an important role in promoting breast cancer screening for early detection and better outcomes. By talking with patients to understand the barriers preventing them from obtaining recommended screenings, providers can help connect patients to appropriate resources and increase breast cancer screening.
Tools and Resources
Komen Perspectives – Breast Cancer Disparities – An April 2014 Susan G. Komen report on disparities in Breast Cancer.
Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities – A PDF document from the Geographic Health Equity Alliance that explains why rural cancer health disparities exist and provides interventions to address them.
The WA DOH Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program – A link to the Washington State Department of Health Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program website including a link to determine program eligibility.
Western Washington Mammography Locations – A link to the Susan G. Komen website listing Western Washington Mammography and Diagnostic Sites by county.
Idaho Mammography Locations – A PDF document from the Susan G. Komen website listing Idaho mammography sites by county.
Oregon and Southwest Washington Mammography Locations – A PDF document from the Susan G. Komen website listing Oregon and Southwest Washington mammography sites.