A study conducted by researchers at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health (Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; Statewide South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Program; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and College of Nursing, the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, The Behavior Change Agency, and Insights Consulting, examined breast cancer screening behavior among southern Black women after the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Mammography Guideline Revisions. The research was led by Arnold School graduate in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior graduate Dr. Deeonna Farr, who is now an assistant professor at East Carolina University, and published in the Journal of Community Health.
“Updated United States Preventive Services Task Force and American Cancer Society mammography screening recommendations push for increased age of initiation and lengthened breast cancer screening intervals,” Dr. Farr says. “These changes have implications for the reduction of breast cancer mortality in Black women.”
Researchers used data from the South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network, one of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Networks Program Centers. Surveys assessing cancer screening information were collected from members of Black churches between 2006 and 2013. The study sample included nearly 800 women ages 40 to 74 who did not report a breast cancer diagnosis or a recent diagnostic mammogram.
The authors’ analysis did not find significant changes in mammography rates among the participants.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 08