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J Cancer Educ. 2021 Jun 23. doi: 10.1007/s13187-021-02060-9. Online ahead of print.
Women in Mississippi experience significant barriers to healthcare that results in high incidence rates of late-stage breast, cervical, and oropharyngeal cancer. We implemented See, Test, & Treat, a cancer screening and education program, that was aimed at increasing access to cancer screening for underserved women in the Jackson Metropolitan Area. During the event, 103 women between the ages of 21 and 69 years old received breast, cervical, and/or oral cancer screenings. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected to evaluate the effect of the program on the participants’ cancer screening knowledge, self-efficacy to obtain medical check-ups, and intentions to engage in health-enhancing behaviors. Of the 57 women who received a mammogram, 18 had abnormal results that required follow-up care. None of the women who received a Pap test had abnormal results, but 8 women were diagnosed with trichomoniasis. One woman was diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer. The evaluation data indicated that participants found that free cancer screenings and receipt of results on the same day were primary benefits of the program.