WATCH: OHE, Nuestras Voces Cervical Cancer Community Forum
A panel of experts, including DCI gynecologic oncologists Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, MHS, and Rafael Gonzalez, MD, together with patient navigator Nadia Aguilera-Funez (DCI Office of Health Equity), discussed cervical cancer screening and diagnosis & the role of patient navigation as a way to help reduce cancer disparities among the medically underserved.
Attendees also heard from Teri L. Larkins, PhD (CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control) about the Centers for Disease Control's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long-term survival and good quality of life. Unfortunately, the U.S. has lower up-to-date HPV vaccination rates than other high-income countries.
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Vision: To excel as the leader in reducing cancer disparities through authentic community engagement and partnerships, the delivery of seamless cancer care, and the provision of outstanding and innovative research and resources to achieve optimal health in a changing and diverse environment.
Mission: To reduce cancer disparities and promote health equity within Duke Cancer Institute's catchment area through strategic initiatives that integrate the following core areas:
- Community Outreach & Engagement
- Community-Facing Patient Navigation Services
- Health Disparities Education
- Clinical Trials Education & Workplace Diversity
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Cervical Cancer by the Numbers
*Latest American Cancer Society Estimates
- About 14, 480 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2021 and 4,290 women will die from it
- Cervical cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among women in their 20s and 30s
- Cervical cancer is almost 100% preventable through screening, and in recent years, the HPV vaccine
OHE Community Conversations Archive
- "WATCH RECORDING: "What you need to know about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral, head, and neck cancers" (recorded on 4.15.21)
- WATCH RECORDING: "Prevention & Screening in Breast and Cervical Cancer" (recorded with the Mexican Consulate in Spanish on 3.30.21)
- WATCH RECORDING: "Colorectal Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives” (recorded on 3.22.21)
- WATCH RECORDING: "How Studying Genes Can Lead to More Personalized Cancer Care" (recorded on 2.24.21)