In the August 2015 volume of Cancer, a recent study regarding barriers and women who were slow to resolve screening abnormalities was published. In a nutshell, it said....women with barriers addressed their cancer screening abnormalities at a slower rate - compared to women with no barriers. No surprise. You name the barrier type and it can get in the way of resolving an abnormality detected at a screening mammogram or pap smear.
Specifically, the breast screening participants reviewed in the study showed the volume of barriers (e.g. social, transportation, etc) had no impact on their reluctance to resolve the abnormality identified. However, among cervical screening participants, only the presence of ≥2 barriers was found to be associated with less timely resolution of the screening finding.
Should we be assessing for barriers at the time of screening, instead of waiting for a diagnosis?
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