Community Outreach and Prevention

Navigators must have core knowledge of early signs of cancer, screening guidelines, and community and state resources available to support the patient population.
The UT Southwestern Cancer Genetics Program implemented a genetic patient navigator (GPN) to assess patients’ barriers to care, assist patients in identifying resources to increase compliance, promote healthy lifestyle education, and assist with coordination of cascade testing for at-risk relatives.
Invasive breast cancer is the most common cancer in females, accounting for approximately one-third of all invasive cancers diagnosed annually in the Greater Bay Area and in the state.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, with 81% of lung cancer diagnoses directly linked to smoking.
Sunrise Hospital is a tertiary medical center for rural outlying regions including northwest Arizona and southeast Nevada (NW-AZ/SE-NV).
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