Disparities in Screening for Breast Cancer in the Redwood Coast Region

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Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer. Humboldt County has one of the highest death rates due to female breast cancer among all California counties. There is convincing evidence that screening mammography reduces deaths from breast cancer. Results from the Rural Health Information Survey, 2006 indicate that there are disparities in utilization of mammograms in the Redwood Coast Region.

by Jessica Van Arsdale, MD, MPH & Melissa Jones, Esq.

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