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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 52

An Innovative Partnership to Address Breast Cancer Screening among Vulnerable Populations

The University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Monica E Peek
University of Chicago, Dept. of Medicine, MC 2007, Chicago, IL 60637
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 18058686

Context : Breast cancer is the most common non-skin malignancy among U.S. women. Vulnerable populations such as low-income women, racial/ethnic minorities, and the uninsured have lower rates of screening mammography use and bear a disproportionate burden of disease. Objectives : The Breast Cancer Education Project (BCEP) was created to address the needs of medically underserved women in Cook County through high-quality breast cancer screening, education and support. The BCEP also provides a service-learning opportunity in which medical students can provide a valuable health service while obtaining important skills that enable them to work more effectively within medically underserved communities. Conclusion : The BCEP is an innovative collaboration between academic medical centers, safety-net health systems, community based organizations and public health organizations. It represents a model for addressing issues of disparate access to breast cancer screening within vulnerable communities that contribute to higher breast cancer mortality.

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