Health equity

Breast Health Equity Program

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is dedicated to making sure more people get up-to-date on their mammography screenings and to reducing the barriers to preventive care that women of color experience. 

Mammography The use of film or a computer to create a picture of the breast.

Our mission

We are committed to providing a safe and equitable space where all people — of any race, ethnicity, gender identity or age — have a fair and just opportunity to manage their overall breast health care. 

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Why breast health

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Even though white women are more likely to develop breast cancer, Black women are 40 percent more likely to die from it. Annual screening mammograms save lives by finding cancer early, when it is smaller and easier to treat. We recommend for overall health, you connect with a primary care physician.

UW Primary Care

Inequities in screening

In the Seattle area, only about 60 percent Black women get screening mammography, but 70 percent of white women get screening mammography. Helping more women get screened will help save many lives. We are proud to partner with UW Primary Care, UW Population Health, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, Neighborcare, Sea Mar and International Community Health Services to make sure that all women of color can get breast cancer screenings. 

Join our study

Join our studyWe are working to help improve breast health care for Black women everywhere — and we need your help. If you identify as a Black woman over the age of 40, and you have either never had a mammogram, or you haven’t had one in two or more years, we want to hear from you.

Fred Hutch and UW Medicine are doing a study that will help improve breast care in our region. 

People who join the study will do one to three virtual interviews that last about one hour each, talking with a community member. You will get a $75 gift card after each interview. If you join, you will also be able to get a screening mammogram at one of our many locations throughout King County, regardless of your insurance status. 

If you would like to join our study, please call us at (206) 606-6329 or email us at BreastEquity@seattlecca.org.

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Mammogram An X-ray of the breast. An X-ray of the breast. A mammogram is a method of finding breast cancer that can’t be felt using the fingers. Mammograms are done with a special type of x-ray machine used only for this purpose. Mammography The use of film or a computer to create a picture of the breast. Screening Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening tests are the mammogram (for breast cancer), colonoscopy (for colon cancer) and Pap and HPV tests (for cervical cancer). Screening can also include a genetic test to check for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease.

Breast cancer screening at Fred Hutch

The Fred Hutch technologists and radiologists who do your screenings and read the results specialize in breast imaging. Our radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology. They have extra training in breast imaging and are better than the national standards.

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Imaging In medicine, a process that makes pictures of areas inside the body. Imaging uses methods such as X-rays (high-energy radiation), ultrasound (high-energy sound waves) and radio waves. Radiologist A physician who has special training in creating and interpreting pictures of areas inside the body. The pictures are made with X-rays, sound waves or other types of energy.

Find a location near you

Our mammogram van goes to many locations in the Puget Sound area as well as surrounding areas. 

Fred Hutch Mammogram Van Locations (PDF)

 

Mammogram An X-ray of the breast. An X-ray of the breast. A mammogram is a method of finding breast cancer that can’t be felt using the fingers. Mammograms are done with a special type of x-ray machine used only for this purpose.

Other screening programs

Colorectal cancer screening

The American Cancer Society recommends colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 50 for people who have no known risk factors other than age. The frequency depends on the screening method.

Fred Hutch’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program offers a personalized approach to risk assessment, screening and prevention for people at high risk for gastrointestinal cancers.

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Gastrointestinal Refers to the stomach and intestines. Also called GI. Screening Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening tests are the mammogram (for breast cancer), colonoscopy (for colon cancer) and Pap and HPV tests (for cervical cancer). Screening can also include a genetic test to check for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease.
Lung cancer screening

Together, Fred Hutch and UW Medicine offer screening for people at high risk for lung cancer. 

You may benefit from annual screening if all of these are true:

  • You are between 50 and 80 years old.
  • You currently smoke, or you quit in the last 15 years.
  • You smoked an average of at least 1 pack a day for 20 years or 2 packs a day for 10 years.

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Screening Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening tests are the mammogram (for breast cancer), colonoscopy (for colon cancer) and Pap and HPV tests (for cervical cancer). Screening can also include a genetic test to check for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease.