Public health national approach to reducing breast and cervical cancer disparities

Authors

  • Jacqueline W. Miller MD,

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    1. Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Corresponding author: Jacqueline W. Miller, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Mailstop F-76, Atlanta, GA 30341; Fax: (770) 488-3230; jmiller5@cdc.gov

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  • Marcus Plescia MD, MPH,

    1. Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
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  • Donatus U. Ekwueme PhD

    1. Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
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  • The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Abstract

Breast and cervical cancer have had disparate impact on the lives of women. The burden of breast and cervical cancer is more prominent among some racial and ethnic minority women. Providing comprehensive care to all medically underserved women is a critical element in continuing the battle to reduce cancer burden and eliminate disparities. The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is the only nationally organized cancer screening program for underserved women in the United States. Its public health goal is to ensure access to high-quality screening, follow-up, and treatment services for diverse and vulnerable populations that, in turn, may reduce disparities. Cancer 2014;120(16 suppl):2537-9. Published 2014. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

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