Mobile mammography in New York City: analysis of 32,350 women utilizing a screening mammogram program

van den Bruele, Astrid Botty, Sevilimedu, Varadan, Jochelson, Maxine, Formenti, Silvia, Norton, Larry, Sacchini, Virgilio (January 2022) Mobile mammography in New York City: analysis of 32,350 women utilizing a screening mammogram program. npj Breast Cancer, 8 (1). p. 14. ISSN 2374-4677

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DOI: 10.1038/s41523-022-00381-6


Mobile mammography vans (mammovans) may help close the gap to access of breast cancer screening by providing resources to underserved communities. Minimal data exists on the populations served, the ability of mammovans to reach underserved populations, and the outcomes of participants. We sought to determine the demographic characteristics, number of breast cancers diagnosed, and number of women who used the American Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) Mobile, No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening Program within the five boroughs of New York City. Data were collected by the AICF from 2014 to 2019 on a voluntary basis from participants at each screening location. Women aged 40 to 79 years who had not had a mammogram in the previous 12 months were invited to participate. Each participant underwent a clinical breast exam by a nurse practitioner followed by a screening mammogram. Images were read by a board-certified radiologist contracted by the AICF from Multi Diagnostic Services. There were 32,350 participants in this study. Sixty-three percent reported an annual household income ≤$25,000, and 30% did not have health insurance. More than half of participants identified as either African American (28%) or Hispanic (27%). Additional testing was performed for 5359 women found to have abnormal results on screening. In total, 68 cases of breast cancer were detected. Breast cancer disparities are multifactorial, with the greatest factor being limited access to care. Mobile, no-cost mammogram screening programs show great promise in helping to close the gap to screening access.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: diseases & disorders > cancer
diseases & disorders
diseases & disorders > cancer > cancer types > breast cancer
diseases & disorders > cancer > prognosis
diseases & disorders > cancer > cancer types
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Communities: CSHL labs > Wigler lab
SWORD Depositor: CSHL Elements
Depositing User: CSHL Elements
Date: 21 January 2022
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2022 18:17
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2024 15:54
PMCID: PMC8782895

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