Shelton-Williams explains, “I work directly with patients to identify their specific needs and make sure they are addressed; connect patients to appropriate services; help with communications between the patient, family members, and clinicians to ensure clarity, patient satisfaction, and quality of care.”
Encouraging personal responsibility, Janie M. Washington’s, MD, FACOG says, “It is of the utmost importance that we know our bodies, perform self-examinations regularly, and obtain the recommended mammogram and cervical cancer screening dictated by our individual history and risk factors. Earlier detection saves lives!
The American Cancer Society’s document, Cancer Facts, and Figures for African Americans 2016-2018 reports that “The risk of being diagnosed with cancer increases with age because most cancers require years to develop. About 1 in 2 black men and 1 in 3 black women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Screenings offer the opportunity to detect cancer early and reduce mortality for breast and cervical cancers.