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The University of Chicago

Improving Breast Cancer Disparities: Screening and Diagnosis

The University of Chicago via Independent


This activity was included in a series of workshops as part of a quality improvement program “Leading the Way: Improving Breast Cancer Disparities for Minority Patients in Chicago.” Led by Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FACP, this initiative is studying the effectiveness of targeted interventions in improving breast cancer care for African American women treated in Cook County. In this workshop, Dr. Nan Chen from the University of Chicago Medicine discusses screening and mammography rates among racial/ethnic groups. Dr. Chen also touches on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, factors that influence disparities such as fears and misperceptions, the underutilization of genetic counseling and testing, and the importance of patient communication and navigation. Learn how you can address disparities in your own patient care. Educational Partner: The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) Medium: Online Presentation Commercial Support: Support for this activity has been provided through educational grants from Daiichi Sankyo and Astra Zeneca Sponsored by the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Chicago Center for Continuing Medical Education, University of Illinois Chicago Cancer Center and their Chicago Cancer Screening and Testing Access Coalition (CCSTAC), and the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL).


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe racial and ethnic differences in screening mammography and diagnosis of breast cancer;
  • Recall the social determinants of health that may contribute to disparities in the diagnosis of breast cancer;
  • Discuss the principles of patient navigation and support that can be implemented to address disparities in the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer.


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