Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women in the United States. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Men can also get breast cancer–1% of all breast cancer cases occur in men. Breast cancer can be detected and treated when people know their risk factors, make healthy lifestyle choices, and get regular preventative screenings.
There will be about 12,820 new cases of invasive cervical cancer diagnosed in 2017 according to estimates by the American Cancer Society. Cervical pre-cancers are diagnosed more often. Additionally, about 4,210 women will die from cervical cancer. Being rarely or never screened is the major contributing factor to cervical cancer fatalities. Detecting cervical cancer through regular screenings with the Pap test can help detect it early in its most curable stages.
Outreach and Education
Breast and cervical cancer screening can be quite costly for those that are uninsured or for individuals with high insurance deductible that can be prohibitive for them to seek care.
As part of Consumer Health Coalition’s community health education, we work to improve access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for low-income, uninsured, and underserved women.
We do this by providing community outreach, public health education, and one-on-one assistance. We educate individuals about personal risk factors and the guidelines for mammogram and cervical cancer screenings. We also connect people with services they need to help them afford and access care. This work is made possible through a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Healthy Women Program and funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.