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Integrated Community Education Model: Breast Health Awareness to Impact Late-Stage Breast Cancer

LaDonna Northington
Tina Martin
Jean T. Walker
P. Renée Williams
Susan P. Lofton
Janet R. Cooper
Cynthia H. Luther
Sheila D. Keller
CJON 2011, 15(4), 387-392 DOI: 10.1188/11.CJON.387-392

Race and ethnicity play roles in breast cancer mortality, particularly for African American women. As a result, a three-pronged integrated community education model (i.e., faith-based, community, and state agencies) was generated and tested in a medically underserved area with high mortality rates from breast cancer to increase participation in breast health education, provide early screening and detection practices, and provide access to annual mammograms and referral sources. The model provided three women with life-saving early diagnoses, in addition to providing potentially hundreds of women with a network of breast health, self-monitoring, and referral sources for future issues.

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