NOTE: This news story features research completed by the UW-Stevens Point GIS Center, which helped analyze the travel time to
screening facilities. It showed that each additional minute of travel time
decreased the odds of undergoing at least one mammography examination in the
five years before cancer diagnosis. Women who missed five of their last five
recommended mammograms lived twice as far from the nearest mammography facility
as those who missed none.
"This study shows that travel distance to the nearest
mammography center is an important barrier to routine breast cancer screening,”
said Doug Miskowiak, GIS Center education specialist at UW-Stevens Point.
“Missed mammograms represent missed opportunities for earlier breast cancer
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, it couldn't be more fitting that new research has come to the surface about mammograms.
A Marshfield Clinic oncologist found that women who miss annual mammograms are diagnosed with higher-stage breast cancer.
Dr. Adedayo Onitilo, who led the new study, said the research was based off of 1,400 breast cancer patients in the Marshfield Clinic system, but the findings apply worldwide.
That's why Dr. Onitilo said the work has gotten a lot of recognition, it's going to help a lot of people.