|Listen:||Note: There is multimedia content on this page which requires the Flash viewer. To see it, download and install the Flash plugin here: Macromedia Flash Player|
Since 2001, the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center has offered free breast and cervical cancer screening to low-income, uninsured residents of Baltimore. Dr. Shana Ntiri, the medical director of the program and assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says the program has provided more than 24,000 screenings. More than 90 people have been diagnosed with cancer, the majority of them with breast cancer.
Many of the cancers are diagnosed early, and the patients are referred to specialists at the Greenebaum Cancer for treatment, according to Dr. Ntiri. She tells Karen Warmkessel that programs such as these eliminate barriers to screening for low income people without health insurance. They also help people navigate through the treatment process.
We would like your feedback about Medically Speaking. If you'd like to contact us, please e-mail email@example.com.