Improving Breast Cancer Control via the Use of Community Health Workers in South Africa: A Critical Review
Wadler, Brianna M.
Judge, Christine M.
Allen, Jennifer D.
Geller, Alan C.
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Citation>Wadler, Brianna M., Christine M. Judge, Marianne Prout, Jennifer D. Allen, Alan C. Geller. "Improving Breast Cancer Control via the Use of Community Health Workers in South Africa: A Critical Review" Journal of Oncology 2011:150423.
Breast cancer is a growing concern in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs). We explore community health worker (CHW) programs and describe their potential use in LMCs. We use South Africa as an example of how CHWs could improve access to breast health care because of its middle-income status, existing cancer centers, and history of CHW programs. CHWs could assume three main roles along the cancer control continuum: health education, screening, and patient navigation. By raising awareness about breast cancer through education, women are more likely to undergo screening. Many more women can be screened resulting in earlier-stage disease if CHWs are trained to perform clinical breast exams. As patient navigators, CHWs can guide women through the screening and treatment process. It is suggested that these roles be combined within existing CHW programs to maximize resources and improve breast cancer outcomes in LMCs.
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