An Inner-City Cancer Prevention Clinic in West Oakland, California

Published in: Cancer Practice, v. 2, no. 6, Nov.-Dec. 1994, p. 427-437

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1993

by Mark Renneker, Nelson Lim, Bonnie Wheatley, Sean Collins, R Pirkle, L Beers, M Rambo, Joan R. Schleper, T. L. Jones, Jr., Brittany Butler

Describes an attempt to develop a cancer prevention program within an inner city health center in West Oakland, California. Over 2,000 patients, 80 percent of whom were African American, took advantage of the screening. The program was evaluated in terms of patient satisfaction, increased patient knowledge, and diagnosis of new cancers. The program demonstrated that comprehensive and effective cancer prevention, education, and early detection services can be provided to a poor, urban population. This program could serve as a model for increasing health prevention activities in similar areas in the United States.

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