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ISSN: 2476-2253

Journal of Cancer Diagnosis

  • Research Article   
  • J Cancer Diagn 2016, Vol 1(1): 101
  • DOI: 10.4172/2476-2253.1000101

Does Offering Free Breast Cancer Screenings Make a Difference?A Retrospective 3-Year-Review of a West Texas Free Breast Cancer Screening Program

Yana Puckett, Mohammad Abedi, Nicole Alavi-Dunn, Arrington Hayes, Barbara Garcia and Candy Arentz*
Department of General Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, USA
*Corresponding Author : Candy Arentz, Department of General Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, USA, Tel: 806-743-1400, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Aug 20, 2015 / Accepted Date: Sep 30, 2015 / Published Date: Nov 12, 2016

Abstract

Objectives: We evaluated a single free breast cancer screening program for breast cancer rate per 1,000 mammograms and compared it to the national cancer rate. We aimed to determine compliance rate in previously noncompliant women, to determine recall rate, and to find the percentage of diagnostic imaging done as a first test on a previously unscreened population.

Methods: A retrospective chart review of 523 free breast cancer screenings was performed from 2010-2013. Baseline demographics, mammogram screenings, and breast cancer diagnoses were assessed. A p-value of

Results: Out of 523 screenings, 113 women had never received a previous mammogram. Screening breast cancer rate was found to be 2.4/1000. Breast cancer rate was found to be 92.6/1000 diagnostic mammograms. Breast cancer was detected in 11 women. Overall compliance rate was 21.9%. Of 523 mammograms included in our study, 20.7% were diagnostic on the first mammogram, while 79.3% were screening with a recall rate of 22.4%.

Conclusions: Free breast clinics help bridge the gap between health disparities and are an asset to the community. More funding and effort needs to be allocated towards increasing the number of free breast clinics nationwide.

Citation: Puckett Y, Abedi M, Alavi-Dunn N, Hayes A, Garcia B, et al. (2016) Does Offering Free Breast Cancer Screenings Make a Difference?– A Retrospective 3-Year-Review of a West Texas Free Breast Cancer Screening Program. J Cancer Diagn 1:101. Doi: 10.4172/2476-2253.1000101

Copyright: © 2016 Puckett Y, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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  1. Caleb Shea
    Posted on Sep 15 2016 at 11:44 am
    The authors presented an article showing the condition of a breast cancer screening program. It might be able to publish on Journal of Cancer Diagnosis. This article retrospectively analysed the effects of free breast cancer screening. The authors themselves point out the limitations of the study, mainly the relatively small sample size and short follow up period.
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