Consultant, Hematology and Oncology
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida
Nationwide statistics report that Duval County (Greater Jacksonville, FL) has the highest breast cancer mortality for AA women in the state of Florida. Recent research by this team using the Florida Cancer Data System revealed that black race, residence in the urban core, and insurance status (Medicaid and uninsured) were associated with significantly poorer breast cancer outcomes. Interventions to ameliorate these disparities need to be county-wide, culturally appropriate and tailored to this specific population. In an effort to directly address these breast cancer disparities, we will first gather important information from focus groups in an effort to design appropriate interventions aimed at reducing breast cancer disparities.