Hospital Releases Report on Closing Brooklyn’s “Cancer Gap”


Hospital Releases Report on Closing Brooklyn’s “Cancer Gap”

February 24, 2012


The Brooklyn Hospital Center released a comprehensive report this January detailing its efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer in Brooklyn. 

A Report on Cancer Care at The Brooklyn Hospital Center takes a clear-eyed look at Brooklyn’s high cancer rates: for many types of cancer, disease prevalence and/or mortality rates are higher than many Manhattan neighborhoods and other parts of New York State.

Community Outreach Director Beryl Williams says this “cancer gap” can be closed at least partly by targeted efforts to increase early detection in our Brooklyn neighborhoods.

“The Brooklyn Hospital Center has made getting out into the community a key weapon in our fight against cancer,” says Ms. Williams. “We perform cancer screenings and education at health fairs and community events all over Brooklyn, including many for recent immigrants with limited English proficiency.” 

The Hospital Center also participates in programs like the Breast Health Partnership, which offers uninsured women free breast and cervical cancer screenings. The Hospital Center also employs Patient Navigators for breast and colon cancer. These multi-lingual individuals reach out to minority and immigrant communities to encourage cancer diagnostic screenings, medication compliance and post-care follow-up.

“The Brooklyn Hospital Center employs an expert team of oncologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists, “ said Dr. Asha Nayak, Interim Chief of Adult Hematology/Oncology. “We’re proud of our clinical team and our state-of-the-art equipment, but we’re equally proud of the work our outreach team does helping connect community members obtaining our services. The sooner we diagnose and treat a patient, the better that individual’s chances of beating cancer.”

Cancer Care Resources at The Brooklyn Hospital Center

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