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Northern Nevada Breast Cancer Collaborative

Northern Nevada Breast Cancer Collaborative

The Northern Nevada Breast Cancer Collaborative consists of health care providers, radiologists, breast surgeons, and advocates who have been working together to implement conistent recommendations and strategies in an effort to improve our region's breast cancer screening rates, decrease late-stage breast cancer diagnosis, and improve time from diagnosis to treatment.

It is estimated that 2,190 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Nevada in 2019 and 400 lives will be lost to this disease. Nevada's mammography rate remains below the national average of 72.4%, currently sitting at 67%. In addition to other factors, the numerous and significantly different screening mammography guidelines has resulted in conflicting recommendations from physicians and created uncertainty for women. As such, our region has adopted the most recent evidenced-based recommendations from the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) released in May 2019.

ASBrS Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations:

  1. Women age >25 should undergo formal risk assessment for breast cancer
  2. Women with an average risk of breast cancer should initiate yearly screening mammograph at age 40
  3. Women with a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer should undergo yearly screening mammography and be offered yearly supplemental imaging; this screening should be initiated at a risk-based age
  4. Screening mammography should cease when life expectancy is <10 years

For the official ASBrS statement: https://www.breastsurgeons.org/docs/statements/Position-Statement-on-Screening-Mammography.pdf

By collaborating as a region, we can provide the best care to our patients and achieve better ourtcomes, increasing quality of life in our communities. If you and/or your organization are in support of these recommendations, please reach out to Brigette Cole at brigette@nevadacancercoalition.org to have your name added to the Letter of Support.

Letter of Support: /sites/default/files/Provider%20BC%20letter_0.pdf

Supporting Organizations:

Access to Healthcare
Cancer Care Specialists
Carson Tahoe Health
Carson Valley Medical Center
Community Health Alliance
Each One. Tell One.
Hometown Health
Nevada Cancer Coalition
Northern Nevada Medical Center & Group
Reno Diagnostic Centers
Reno Radiological Associates
Reno Surgical Associates
Renown Health
Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center
University of Nevada, Reno
Western Surgical Group

Paint Nevada Pink Event

Officials with the Northern Nevada Breast Cancer Collaborative are proud to announce the first annual "Paint Nevada Pink" event which was held in downtown Reno under the Reno Arch on October 2, 2019. This event was to celebrate an unprecedented collaboration in our region regarding awareness and unified recommendations for breast cancer screening.

In a bold and exciting move, health care providers, radiologists, breast surgeons and advocates have worked together to implement unified breast cancer screening recommendations and strategies in an effort to improve our region’s breast cancer screening rates, decrease late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and to improve time from diagnosis to treatment for women.

To raise awareness for these efforts, and to celebrate this milestone, the Reno Arch is lit pink through the month of October 2019. The event itself featured a short presentation by dignitaries and breast cancer survivors, UNR cheerleaders and music, and Nevada Health Centers Mammovan. All wore pink. This event was sponsored by Access to Healthcare, Cancer Care Specialists, Carson Tahoe Health, Carson Valley Medical Center, City of Reno, Community Health Alliance, Each One. Tell One, Hometown Health, Nevada Cancer Coalition, Nevada Health Centers Mammovan, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Reno Diagnostic Centers, Renown Health, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Susan G. Komen, State of Nevada Women’s Health Connection, University of Nevada, Reno, and Western Surgical Group.

To join the efforts of the collaborative or for questions regarding the event and how you can join in for next year, please contact Brigette Cole, Programs Manager, at brigette@nevadacancercoalition.org or call 775-737-4056.

Photography generously donated by Faith Photography of Nevada

Video generously donated by Onyx Digital Media