Along with choosing breast cancer as the primary community outreach program for 2016, the Cancer Committee also chose breast cancer as the primary cancer screening to reduce mortality in 2016. Regular mammograms can lower the risk of death from breast cancer. The Medical Center partnered with the Barren River District Health Department and the Kentucky Cancer Program to promote the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program. The screening program offers breast and cervical screening and follow up services, as well as education and surveillance to underserved women.
The desire of the Cancer Committee was to increase awareness and use of the program in the community. Women covered by Medicaid or who are uninsured have access to low and no-cost screening for breast and cervical cancer, but are often unaware of their eligibility or of the importance of regular screening. Through community outreach activities as well as promotion of the screening program through the Community Clinic, Women’s Health Specialists and the education of local physicians, screenings were increased by 4.8% from 2015 to 2016.
Through community activities, The Medical Center Health & Wellness Center is able to reach numerous people through cancer-related activities. Three articles related to cancer prevention or screenings were published in WellNews, a newsletter that circulates to over 50,000 homes in the area. Other activities include nutrition events and counseling, exercise opportunities offered to employees and the public, speaking engagements, participation in and execution of community health fairs, and wellness boards displayed in over 40 industries.