Ashwani Rajput, MD, FACS

Funded by the V Foundation’s Virginia Vine event

Washington, D.C., has some of the highest cancer death rates in the United States, especially among the the Black and Latinx communities in Wards 7 and 8. This is caused by differences in living conditions that make it hard for Ward 7 and 8 residents to get trusted information on ways to avoid cancer, as well as cancer screening that can find the disease early when it is more treatable.  This means many women in Wards 7 and 8 find out they have breast cancer when it is farther along, harder to treat, and may not be curable. This work, through the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the National Capital Region and Sibley Memorial Hospital, can help to address these differences.

To help fix these disparities, the first step is to share information with communities on ways to lower the chances of getting cancer and the tests that can find it early. We will begin with a focus on preventing and detecting breast cancer. Working with the community, we hope to help more women stay healthy and never need to be treated for breast cancer. Our educators will give coaching on ways to live a healthy life – like through diet, exercise, and how to quit smoking – as well as how and when cancer screening should be done so it can be found early. It is our hope that these efforts will mean that fewer women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and those who are will have a better chance of surviving the disease.

Location: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins - Baltimore
Proposal: Breast Cancer Prevention and Education in DC's Wards 7 & 8
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