October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women in New Hampshire and is the second leading cause of female cancer deaths in the state.* Since breast cancer can be detected early, it is essential for women to talk with their providers about appropriate screening.
NH CCC works collaboratively with partners to share resources and implement strategies that address breast and other cancers in New Hampshire. State health data revealed that adults who work in restaurants and the food service industry are less likely to get preventive cancer screening tests such as a mammogram or Pap test.
Our Equity Task Force partners created and mailed a poster (available in English and Spanish), about breast and cervical cancer screenings, to 1,500 food service establishments in NH, in an effort to increase awareness of FREE services available to employees. The NH Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides free screening to eligible women.
Findings from Restaurant Focus Groups about Health Screenings Revealed
In 2015, the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration’s (NH CCC’s) Equity Task Force elected to work on increasing the percentage of people who receive colorectal, cervical, and breast cancer screenings (Goal 2, Objective 1 of the NH Cancer Plan). The screening percentages are based on the most recent US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines, with an emphasis on disparate populations.
The Task Force reviewed disparity data in NH. According to the NH Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), screening rates are lower for people who are low income and/or have low educational achievement. However, the premise for the Task Force was to identify a vulnerable population to implement a cancer screening promotion and awareness campaign.
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