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Quality Corner: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and data for our Legacy Health Partner (LHP) population indicates that mammogram rates drop for women in their sixties and seventies even though Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation data shows breast cancer rates continue to increase until a woman’s mid-seventies. Legacy Health Partners (LHP) is using outreach and education to increase awareness and reduce this disparity between perceived and real risk.

LHP has developed patient information materials to support your conversations with patients about scheduling a mammogram even if they have had normal mammograms in the past. LHP’s field operations advisers will be delivering these handouts to practices soon. In addition, LHP will be mailing similar information directly to women who are over the age of 65 and are overdue for a mammogram emphasizing this message of increasing risk with age.

During this awareness month, you can also help by identifying which of your patients are overdue for screening and reach out to encourage them to schedule needed screenings.

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