Breast cancer screening in an adult literacy program.

Rhonda M. Johnson, Polly Smith, Elise J. Strauss, Alison Higgins, David R. Jensen, Barry D Weiss

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OBJECTIVES: Individuals with limited literacy have low rates of cancer screening and more advanced cancer when cancer is detected. We implemented breast cancer screening at an adult literacy center to see if students would participate and determine the rate of abnormalities detected. METHODS: The Anchorage Literacy Project (ALP), in collaboration with Providence Cancer Center (PCC), offered breast cancer screening, including mammograms, on site at ALP to all 40 female ALP students aged > or =40. Prior to screening, PCC and ALP staff provided education to students about breast cancer screening and mammograms, and information about the Alaska Breast and Cervical Health Check program that would pay for treatment if cancer was detected. RESULTS: Twenty-one women underwent screening. Three (14%) had significant abnormalities. CONCLUSIONS: Cancer screening can be provided on site in adult literacy programs. The rate of abnormalities detected through such screening may be higher than the rate in the general population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalAlaska medicine
Volume49
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Early Detection of Cancer
Breast Neoplasms
Education
Students
Neoplasms
Literacy
Breast
Health
Population

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Johnson, R. M., Smith, P., Strauss, E. J., Higgins, A., Jensen, D. R., & Weiss, B. D. (2008). Breast cancer screening in an adult literacy program. Alaska medicine, 49(4), 126-130.

Breast cancer screening in an adult literacy program. / Johnson, Rhonda M.; Smith, Polly; Strauss, Elise J.; Higgins, Alison; Jensen, David R.; Weiss, Barry D.

In: Alaska medicine, Vol. 49, No. 4, 01.2008, p. 126-130.

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Johnson, RM, Smith, P, Strauss, EJ, Higgins, A, Jensen, DR & Weiss, BD 2008, 'Breast cancer screening in an adult literacy program.', Alaska medicine, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 126-130.
Johnson RM, Smith P, Strauss EJ, Higgins A, Jensen DR, Weiss BD. Breast cancer screening in an adult literacy program. Alaska medicine. 2008 Jan;49(4):126-130.
Johnson, Rhonda M. ; Smith, Polly ; Strauss, Elise J. ; Higgins, Alison ; Jensen, David R. ; Weiss, Barry D. / Breast cancer screening in an adult literacy program. In: Alaska medicine. 2008 ; Vol. 49, No. 4. pp. 126-130.
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