Residents of rural areas have a higher cancer mortality, particularly for cancers that are preventable through screening such as cervical cancer. There are many barriers to screening and cancer treatment for rural areas. Moreover, rural primary care healthcare team factors impact timely referral to oncology specialty care. Patient costs related to cancer screening, early detection, and diagnoses pose additional barriers. Due to these challenges, rural cancer patients experience delays in time to diagnosis and treatment and receive less curative treatment and follow-up care. There are an estimated 1.3 million gynecologic cancer survivors in the US. Patients with gynecological cancers have improved cancer-related clinical and oncological outcomes if they receive their cancer-related treatment and medical care from gynecologic oncologists who work in multidisciplinary teams and high volume hospitals. We need to improve the referral pathway for rural gynecologic oncology patients in rural primary care and rural oncology practices to receipt of specialty care from a gynecologic oncologist.
Join the National AHEC Organization’s HPV Immunization Project for a webinar to discuss this important issue:
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM EDT - 4:00:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator, Tenured Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah
There will be no CE credits for this program. A Certificate of Attendance will be available for participants.
**This webinar is being provided in collaboration with Crossroad Utah AHEC.
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of health professionals who provide and/or promote immunizations including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, as well as health professions students.