Publications

The Reach and Health Impacts of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

The articles in this special issue of Cancer Causes & Controlexternal icon report on the reach and health impact of the NBCCEDP, and detail the challenges and opportunities in improving access to cancer screening for all women.

Key Findings

  • About one-third of women who are eligible for the NBCCEDP were not screened for cervical cancer, either within or outside the program.
  • About 60% of all women who are eligible for the NBCCEDP were not screened for breast cancer.
  • Compared to other women with breast cancer, women diagnosed with breast cancer through the NBCCEDP were diagnosed at a later stage.
  • Among women diagnosed through the NBCCCEDP—
  • Distant-stage breast cancer was more common among older women, black women, and those whose mammograms were diagnostic.
  • Distant-stage cervical cancer was more common among older women and those who had not been screened within the last 5 years.

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: Two Decades of Service to Underserved Women

The articles in this supplemental issue of the journal Cancerexternal icon describe the aspects of the NBCCEDP, and show consistent value in the program beyond its original purpose of detecting cancers in underserved women.

Key Findings

  • Partnerships at national and local levels with national organizations and their members, community-based organizations, government agencies, tribes, healthcare systems, and professional organizations have played a critical role in achieving NBCCEDP goals.
  • The NBCCEDP has made tremendous contributions to breast and cervical cancer screening for Alaska Native/American Indian women and strengthened local tribal screening capacity.
  • Data use is important for quality assurance, which monitors the quality of services provided, helps identify issues with the services provided, determines the causes of the issues, and checks whether these issues were corrected.