Why are many women hesitant about breast cancer screenings? Many, many reasons

woman at cancer screening

More than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United States, making it the second-most common cancer among women, and 42,000 women die of it.

As many of us know, some of the most effective ways to fight breast cancer involve preventative testing, screenings and medicines.

Simple enough? Not really.

Financial concerns and barriers often deter women from all walks of life from getting those life-saving interventions. What those financial obstacles are exactly hadn’t been addressed until Ohio State’s Tasleem Padamsee discussed it during in-depth interviews with Black and white women at high risk of breast cancer for a recent study.

It’s part of a larger project called the Daughter Sister Mother Project: Empowering Women and their Healthcare Providers to Fight Familial Cancer. Padamsee discussed what her team discovered and how women, insurance companies and even health care providers can address these issues.


Originally published in Ohio State Insights, Sept. 2021.


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