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Breast Cancer Screening Among Insured Hospitalized women of low SES: Perspective, Preference, Perceived Barriers and Breast Cancer Risk

Waseem Khaliq, MD, MPH and Kala Visvanathan, MD, MHS

Breast Cancer Screening Among Insured Hospitalized women of low SES:  Perspective, Preference, Perceived Barriers and Breast Cancer Risk
Waseem Khaliq, MD, MPH and  Kala Visvanathan, MD, MHS
 
 
Public Health Challenge

A significant number of hospitalized women from lower socioeconomic class are both at high risk of developing breast cancer and non-adherent to breast cancer screening.
Lack of transportation and remembrance to screening appointments were major barriers. Majority of these women are amenable to inpatient mammogram if it was due and it was offered.
 
 
Research Findings

 Our studies suggest that inpatient mammography may be a reasonable approach to increase screening among women of low SES
 
 
Future Directions
Future studies are needed to evaluate the pattern of breast cancer screening adherence among the hospitalized women
feasibility and financing of tests that are normally paid for when patients are not in the hospital.
determine whether interest translates into action develop strategies for screening hospitalized women at high risk for breast

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