CBCC also issued the following response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations:
We respect the evidence-based guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; however, guidelines that make sense on a global scale are not always appropriate for certain populations. Capital Breast Care Center recognizes there are conflicting recommendations from professional organizations about when to begin mammography screening. The Center is not changing its screening recommendations—all women beginning at age 40 should continue to receive regular mammograms.
Capital Breast Care Center primarily serves low-income, African American/Black women, who may be unaware of their personal risks for breast cancer or who may lack access to regular healthcare screenings.
The National Cancer Institute states: “Lack of medical coverage, barriers to early detection and screening, and unequal access to improvements in cancer treatment may contribute to observed differences in survival between African American/Black and White women.”
Capital Breast Care Center was established explicitly to address this particular health disparity. Our impact is demonstrated by the following:
- 2,000 women, 80 percent of whom are uninsured, access the Center each year for breast cancer screening services.
- One half of all breast cancers detected at Capital Breast Care Center is in women under the age of 50.
- Capital Breast Care Center detects cancer in our patients at twice the national average.
- At yearly screenings, women receive other important services, such as education on cancer risk and breast health.
- Capital Breast Care Center serves all women, regardless of their ability to pay.
Early screening is crucial for African American/Black women who have certain risk factors, particularly those in the DC-metropolitan area.