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Public health advocates have worked for years to address racial gaps in cancer outcomes by establishing programs like Body & Soul.
Screening Black women for breast cancer starting at age 40 would decrease deaths by 57%.
Prolonged delays in cancer screening for low-income women during the pandemic threaten to increase existing health disparities.
Transgender men and women, nonbinary people and cisgender men also get breast cancer—but are not reflected in breast cancer campaigns.
The early cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat.
Studies have shown an alarming drop in screenings—and more advanced cancer—during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new legal challenge seeks to end the requirement that most Americans must receive preventive services like mammograms free of charge.
The findings coincide with plummeting breast cancer screening rates due, in part, to COVID-19 pandemic fears and barriers.
Jamil Rivers, 42, is the board president of METAvivor, a nonprofit breast cancer organization. She is living with metastatic breast cancer.
Screening appointments for cervix, colon and breast cancer are down between 86% and 94%.
Screening mammograms should be postponed until later this year—or longer, if the coronavirus crisis continues.
“I remember thinking that the story would save lives,” writes Kristen Dahlgren. “I had no idea the life it would save would be my own."
Adding a second screening method finds more early cancer between mammograms but also leads to more false positives.
Users can receive checkup reminders for cholesterol tests and mammograms, among other benefits.
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