A Brief Note On Breast Cancer And Its Effects On The United States
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women in the United States. A mammogram, is a simple test done with x-ray, to screen women for abnormalities of the breast. Over the past six years, the guidelines put out by various healthcare organizations have changed multiple times on when women should begin screening mammograms. Based on statistical data collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), 20 percent of women go without a screening mammogram for their own various reasons, of which may be lack of insurance, lack of access or lack of knowledge as to when they should be getting a screening mammogram done due to the recent changes in recommendations. Many women may not have financial stability and choose to forego having a screening mammogram, or they may live in a rural area without access to health care. Interventions are necessary and needed to encourage women to receive their screening mammograms.
Intervention Strategy 1: Mobile Mammography
Mammography is a tool to be used for all women in the detection of breast cancer. However, mammography isn’t a simple little device that can be easily moved. Most facilities that offer mammography have a dedicated room with lead lined walls and a large machine that compresses the breast tissue of the woman, or man, standing in front of it. In 2013, a group of authors by the names of Brooks, Hembree, Shelton, Beache, Aschbacher, Schervish, and Dignan published an article titled “Mobile Mammography in…