Tarrant County Breast, Cervical, and Ovarian Cancer Resources

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2019-03-05

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Philip, Sarah
Hutton, Sarah
DeVille, Heather
Mickle, Rebecca
Sankar, Aparna
Dolan, Kathryn J.

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Purpose Breast, cervical and ovarian cancer are significant sources of morbidity and mortality in women in the United States, Texas and Tarrant County. One of the best ways to combat these cancers is taking appropriate preventative measures as needed as well as understanding one’s individual risk . Often survivors of breast, cervical, and/or ovarian cancer require significant community resources to help them navigate and recover from their cancers. This poster describes risk factors and demographics and identifies local support in Tarrant County for these groups. Methods The primary method of gathering the information and data shown here was research on governmental and non-governmental sources regarding statistics and demographics. Tarrant County community resources for these groups were identified using tarrant211.org and the Tarrant Cares website. Results Our research showed that that breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers are most commonly diagnosed in women aged 62 and older, 50-60 years old, and 35-44 years old respectively. Risk factors for each of these three cancers are identified, as well as resources for preventative screening and support for those who have had one of these diseases. Resources identified include the local chapter of the Susan B. Komen foundation, local chapters of the National Cervical and Ovarian Cancer Coalitions, the Tarrant County Indigent Health Care Program, and JPS Connection at John Peter Smith Hospital. Conclusions In Tarrant County, there are many different resources available for those who have breast, ovarian and cervical cancer, including local and national organizations that provide financial, medical and transportation services. Lack of both awareness and access to appropriate screening tools and information about these diseases are some of the biggest obstacles women in Tarrant county face.

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