Breast Cancer Early Detection: An Academic–Community Partnership in the Philippines

early detection, Philippines, health resources, breast neoplasms, organizations
CJON 2019, 23(5), 547-551. DOI: 10.1188/19.CJON.547-551

A high proportion of patients with breast cancer in the Philippines present at an advanced stage and have a rapid, unfavorable outcome. Providing breast cancer education and early detection to this population is important to help reduce this health disparity. This article describes the impact of a train-the-trainer program, with mission groups traveling to the Philippines to promote female residents’ breast cancer awareness, knowledge, and intent for future screening.


  • Breast cancer poses a significant threat for women in the Philippines, and a lack of information and resources in this vulnerable population contributes to the health disparity.
  • There is a need to increase awareness and education for this vulnerable population, and a train-the-trainer program improved awareness and increased screening practices.
  • Engaging local government, health department, community members, and healthcare providers is important to ensure program sustainability.
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