A UC Davis student-run clinic, known as the Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society, or VN CARES, is partnering with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to create virtual breast cancer outreach for Asian American women in the Sacramento area. The educational series, called Screen 2 Screen, is funded by the Safeway Foundation.

Julie Dang
Julie Dang

Screen 2 Screen is part of the cancer center’s research effort to study effective ways to use culturally sensitive, evidence-based outreach to Asian communities to increase breast cancer screening rates. Screen 2 Screen launches March 28 with a live, interactive webinar, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., via Zoom.

Asian American women 40 and over living in the Sacramento region are eligible to participate in Screen 2 Screen. Go to the Facebook event page for more information.

Despite an overall decline in breast cancer mortality rates, Asian American women’s breast cancer rates have remained constant. One factor that may contribute to the higher rates is the lower rates of breast cancer screenings among Asian American women who are often diagnosed at later stages compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

“We hope that by offering in-language, culturally-tailored breast cancer health education and free mammography, we can meet women where they are and, ultimately, lower breast cancer rates in Asian American communities,” said Executive Director for the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement Julie Dang

The American Cancer Society recommends women 40-44 consider getting a mammogram and by age 45 undergo mammograms annually. At 55, ACS says women can transition to biennial mammography or continue annual mammograms.

Participants will not only learn about breast health, but also receive a Screen 2 Screen information kit in the mail as well as a $20 gift card for their time and participation. Future virtual Screen 2 Screen educational sessions and information kits will be in Chinese, Hmong, Korean and Vietnamese.

As a follow-up, a research team member will call the session participants to ask if they would like to schedule a mammogram appointment. For questions and more information on Screen 2 Screen, please email obgyncommitteecod@gmail.com or call (916)-734-5371.