The Mammography Screening Task Force, comprised of representatives from the three hospitals and other area health organizations, assessed the needs of Sussex County residents and researched resources and tools that would encourage more women in the county to have annual breast cancer screenings through mammography.

Although Delaware ranked in the top 10% nationally for mammography screenings, the following data was also found through the Delaware State Data (2010):

  • 83% of women age 50+ received screenings
  • 81% of women age 40+ received screenings
  • Medicare screening rates are 10-13% less than total population rates

The Task Force, after review of the data, identified three particularly high risk populations that require outreach to increase screenings: women who are uninsured or underinsured, minorities, and women age 65 and over.

Some of the goals for this year include:

  • Expanding education and awareness efforts targeting women age 40+
  • Holding educational seminars in locations such as colleges and universities, faith-based organizations, VFW Posts, senior centers, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, and other community organizations
  • Strategic alignment with other organizations that can reach targeted populations, i.e.
    Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC)
    Delaware Public Health (DPH)
  • Evaluate possible use of mid-level providers to accompany mammography van screening efforts

Mammography Task Force Members – July 2012

Bayhealth – Kent General, Milford Memorial
Beebe Medical Center
Cancer Support Community
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
First State Community Action Agency
La Red Health Center
Nanticoke Health Services
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Philadelphia Affiliate