Breast Cancer Targeting Women in D.C.

 

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Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the District of Columbia with Maryland and Virginia not far behind with higher rates than normal according to Breast Cancer for Washington D.C. DC’s Ward eight has the highest incidents of breast cancer, holding a population that is 93 percent African American. Howard University NewsVision reporter, Brookie Madison, talked with the DC community, doctors and patients alike, to see why these numbers keep climbing.
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Font: Beth Beck

Co-Founder BCW

 

Breast care for DCW sign and wards

Anacostia River

 

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So ward eight has some of the highest incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer in the Washington D.C. area. An when we opened Breast  Care for Washington D.C. in 2014, there was only one mammography facility east of the Anacostia River.
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Southeast Neighborhood

Patient getting Mammography

Cancer centers

SE residents, neighborhoods, housing, etc.

 

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AS RESEARCHED BY BREAST CANCER FOR WASHINGTON DC, WARD  EIGHT HAS 173.9 INCIDENTS PER 100,000 PEOPLE. THIS IS ALARMING SINCE BLACK WOMEN HAVE HIGHER MORTALITY RATES FOR BREAST CANCER AND SINCE WARD EIGHT IS 93 PERCENT AFRICAN-AMERICAN, WITH OVER 36 THOUSAND RESIDENTS BEING BLACK WOMEN.
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Dr. Dewitty

Dr. Dewitty walking down the hall

Mammography centers

Dressing room

 

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DOCTORS, LIKE DR. DEWITTY, ATTRIBUTE PART OF THE PROBLEM OF HIGHER RATES OF BREAST CANCER TO THE LACK OF SCREENING AVAILABLE TO WARD EIGHT CITIZENS, AS WELL AS THE NEGLIGENCE OF RESIDENTS TO GO OUT AND GET THE SCREENINGS.

 

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Font: Dr. Robert Dewitty

Providence Hospital

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If you don’t have certain facilities closeby, then you may not want to get on a bus and travel across town to go get it done. But women have to realize, this is one of the most important tests that they can take.
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Providence Hospital Signs

 

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TINA JOHNSON, HAVING WORKED IN HEALTHCARE, KNOWS HOW HARD IT IS TO HAVE ACCESS TO A FACILITY AND HAVING ADDED STRESSORS THAT MAY CAUSE YOU TO PUT OFF GETTING YOUR MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENING.
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Font: Tina Johnson

Breast Cancer Survivor

HUH sign

B-roll of kids running behind parent

 

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“If it’s just one center why is that people are not going to that center. Why can’t I got to a facility like Howard University, that’s not in the area that I live in. Say a woman has 3 or 4 kids and they have to take these children with them to the doctor’s. So a lot of times being a mom you put it off.
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Mammography machine

Iona demonstrating how 3-d machine works

 

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BREAST CANCER TECHNOLOGY HAS IMPROVED TO ALLOW FOR A 3-D MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENING, WHICH TAKES IMAGES IN SLICES AND ALSO HELPS DOCTORS TO POSSIBLY DETECT AND TREAT BREAST CANCER EARLIER. THIS DETECTION IS ESPECIALLY HELPFUL FOR WOMEN WITH MORE DENSE BREASTS AS WELL.
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FONT: Iona Trusty

Mammography Supervisor

Mammography demonstration

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“With the radiologist being able to see underlying breast tissue there are less call back rates and better detections, so that’s another benefit to having mammograms not only done on a regular basis, but also with the implementation of 3-D.”
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Font: Dr. Lori Wilson

Howard University Hospital

 

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Screening with digital mammography is a really good tool for finding breast cancers and it has been the standard tool for us and it has been the standard tool for us. I’m hoping that what we’ll find is that 3-d may help us to see it in a different way and identify more.
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BREAST CARE FOR WASHINGTON DC IS THE ONLY FACILITY IN WARD EIGHT THAT OFFERS 3-D MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENING. ALTHOUGH THIS TECHNOLOGY IS HELPFUL WITH DIAGNOSING BREAST CANCER, IT IS NOT THE STANDARD FOR DIAGNOSIS. SOME FACILITIES AND INSURERS DO NOT COVER OR INCLUDE 3-D MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS. MEANING ALONG WITH ACCESS TO SCREENING, THE LACK OF HEALTH CARE IS ANOTHER CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE HIGHER RATES OF BREAST CANCER.
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15 Mammography screenings

UMC Sign

Washington

Medstar Location

Breast cancer for Washington D.C.

 

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THE AVAILABILITY OF MAMMOGRAPHY IN THE DISTRICT VARIES. FIFTEEN PLACES OFFER MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS, WITH ONLY ONE BEING IN SOUTHEAST AND SOUTHWEST. MAJORITY ARE IN NORTHWEST. THESE LOCATIONS POSE A PROBLEM FOR ACCESSIBILITY AND COVERAGE.
Font: Dr. Robert Dewitty

Providence Hospital

Chemo Chair

Tools

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“Institutions a lot of times now, can’t treat patients, really, who don’t have some kind of coverage. In America, spending cash for these services is almost formidable.”
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Walton at Pinkie party

 

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BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR VICKI RUSSELL-WALTON, BEING MISDIAGNOSED FOUR TIMES IN 2007, EXPLAINS HOW AS A MARYLAND RESIDENT, SHE HAD TO LOOK FOR OTHER WAYS TO COVER HER EXPENSES THAT ACCUMULATED WITH HER TREATMENT OF BREAST CANCER.
Font: Vicki Russell-Walton

It’s In the Genes, LLC

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“Your medicine, your doctor’s visits, and your copay those are are all three different payments. They’re not the same. So even if you have money for your doctor’s visit, you won’t have it for you copay. My chemotherapy was almost $7,000 every friday. Who can afford that?
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Breast cancer signs

Breast diagrams

 

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DOCTORS REPEATEDLY STRESS NO MATTER THE AMOUNT OF FACILITIES AVAILABLE, YEARLY MAMMOGRAM SCREENINGS ARE VITAL. SKIPPING ONE YEAR WOULD HAVE MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR JOHNSON.
Font: Tina Johnson

Survivor

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“I probably could have avoided getting breast cancer in 2006 if I had went to my doctor in 2005 to get my mammogram done.”
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Johnson in pictures with mother and twin sister

Family photos

 

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BOTH WALTON AND JOHNSON HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER,  JOHNSON HAS THE BRCA GENE IN HER FAMILY, YET THEY STILL NEGLECTED TO GET THEIR ANNUAL MAMMOGRAMS BEFORE BEING DIAGNOSED.
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Font: Dr. Dewitty

Providence Hospital

 

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“The problem is that women need to get a mammogram.
Font: Vicki Russell-Walton

It’s In the Genes, LLC

 

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“Because not me, never me. I’m that chick. I had stuff to do. I was on my way climbing the corporate ladder. And I was on my job for little less than a year.”
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Dr Wilson at her desk

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DR. WILSON, BEING A SURVIVOR HERSELF, USES THAT TO HER ADVANTAGE WHEN DEALING WITH BREAST CANCER PATIENTS.
Font: Dr. Lori Wilson

Division Chief of Surgical Oncology

Howard Hospital

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“It’s given me a lot of insight and actually it’s given me a unique voice that isn’t commonly shared. So, I am blessed to know that I can understand my patients, but also I can understand the medical aspects that go on behind that.”
Font: Dr. Robert Dewitty

Providence Hospital

 

Pan of his accolades and certificates on the wall

 

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“Prevention of breast cancer is very difficult it’s not like lung cancer that can be associated with smoking. We know that certain people perhaps who are overweight may get more breast cancer, and I’m saying may. And the reason may be because breast cancer is a hormonal diseases.
Dr. Lori Wilson

Division Chief of Surgical Oncology

Howard Hospital

 

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The recommendations are that you have a 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise every week.”
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Breast Cancer board

Cancer center

Diagram of a breast

 

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IT IS ALSO RECOMMENDED  THAT WOMEN STAY WITHIN 20 TO 30 POUNDS OF THE WEIGHT YOU WERE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, IN ADDITION TO EATING HEALTHY AND GETTING REGULAR CHECK UPS, ESPECIALLY ONCE YOU REACH THE AGE OF FORTY. I’M BROOKIE MADISON WITH HU’S NEWSVISION.
Anchor Tag: For more on how to stay ahead of breast cancer, or the best ways to cope if you already do, please visit www.cancer.gov.

 

 

 

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