Prevention and early detection are the most effective ways to reduce cancer in Oklahoma and nationally. The Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) sponsors a variety of community-based screening programs to promote awareness and to assist with the early detection of cancer. Some were specifically developed to address high-incidence cancers in at-risk populations in the state.
Funded by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma affiliate, Project Panhandle provides breast health screening and no-cost, follow-up diagnostic services for Hispanic women in Texas County in the Oklahoma panhandle. The goal is to promote early detection by addressing language, transportation, and childcare barriers for this underserved population. Hispanic women in Texas County are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer (only 38 percent of Hispanic women, 40 and older, have regular mammograms). Distance and demographics create challenges in providing accessible healthcare for this at-risk population, especially age-appropriate breast cancer screenings. Project Panhandle partners the SCC with the Breast Health Network and OU Medicine to provide women in Texas County with access to complimentary mammograms through mobile mammography events.
Through a community grant from the Susan G. Komen Tulsa Foundation, the SCC has partnered with the Breast Health Network and OU Medicine to provide breast health screening and no-cost, follow-up diagnostic services to American Indian women aged 40-75 years in Osage County in eastern Oklahoma. Tribal home of the Osage Nation, Osage County is the largest county in Oklahoma by area of size. Nearly 60 percent of the female population in Osage County live in rural areas.
The #SunSmartOKC initiative is a collaboration between private and public entities, led by the SCC and The City of Oklahoma City, to reduce skin cancer incidence and mortality in the community. Supported with private funding, the SCC has donated 20 sunscreen pumps for public use to municipal parks and recreation areas as well as the Oklahoma City Zoo. In recognition of this activity, on May 22, 2018 Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed Oklahoma City a #SunSmart City.
Community Skin Cancer Screenings
The SCC partners with OU Dermatology to provide free skin cancer screenings to the community in an effort to improve the health of our community. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types, accounting for half of all cancers in the United States. Early detection is the key to reducing incidence and mortality rates related to melanoma.
Head and Neck Cancer Checks
The SCC collaborates with the OU Department of Otolaryngology to provide head and neck cancer checks to the community. These checks can help with detection of oral, salivary gland, throat, voicebox, thyroid, sinus, nasal, ear, and facial cancers.