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Apr 3, 2024 - Highlights a Virginia initiative to increase access to clinical trials, cancer screenings, and specialty cancer care for rural residents. Discusses current access challenges such as distance, transportation, and socioeconomic barriers.
Source: WTOP News
Mar 30, 2024 - Describes research showing that before and during the COVID-19 pandemic females patients at rural community health centers (CHCs) were less likely to be up to date with cervical cancer screening than those in urban CHCs. English proficiency, income, and area-level unemployment were contributing factors.
Source: News-Medical.Net
Mar 25, 2024 - Summarizes recent research finding that female patients at rural Community Health Centers are more likely to be behind on cervical cancer screenings than patients in urban community health centers. Discusses factors associated with the disparity including English proficiency, income levels, employment, and primary care physician access. Notes that the disparity grew during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Medical Xpress
Mar 21, 2024 - Summarizes recent research investigating a lung screening program for rural veterans that found higher prevalence of lung cancer in veterans when compared to the prevalence found in the National Lung Screening Trial. Researchers found that the screening method used was successful for high-risk populations.
Source: DocWire News
Mar 19, 2024 - A partnership between a health system and Community Health Center in Virginia will distribute colorectal cancer screening test kits to patients that are primarily rural and uninsured. Half of their patients are not up-to-date on colorectal cancer screening.
Source: CBS19 News
Mar 6, 2024 - Discusses the rise in colorectal cancer rates and mortality disparities for Black and rural Americans. Highlights efforts by multiple states to increase screening rates including in rural West Virginia. Notes challenges for rural residents such as distance to care and shortages of specialists.
Source: Stateline
Mar 1, 2024 - Highlights efforts to increase colon cancer screening rates in Texas through a network of universities, healthcare facilities, and insurers. Discusses rising rates of cancer and disparities for specific races and ethnicities. Notes rural-specific needs.
Source: KERA News
Feb 13, 2024 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) making minor corrections to two footnotes in the October 24, 2023 notice and the January 5, 2024 notice, which addressed updates to the Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule.
Source: Federal Register