From Queens Rules:
Queens has the highest rate of late-stage breast cancer detection in the nation, due to a variety of reasons. It stands at 33 percent versus the national average of 12 percent, according to the Queens Cancer Center. Now a grassroots effort called HealthLink is mobilizing survivors like Harris to reach out in laundry rooms and libraries across the borough to screen women in time.
As well as screening in mobile buses and vans that are parked in well-traveled corners, the group does outreach in the 12 of the borough’s 62 libraries, working in seven languages.
While HealthLink claims to have helped some 2597 women since last year, many barriers remain, such as routine poverty and lack of primary care. Medical facilities such as St. John’s and Mary Immaculate Hospitals have closed, leaving a big gap for treatment. Then there’s a general lack of information about screening options and slashed state budgets. This past April, for example, the New York state government shrank the Cancer Services Program’s budget to $21 million from $29 million the year before. This program helps provide uninsured women access to screenings and treatments.
On top of all these factors, healthcare challenges affect Queens’ large immigration population. Nearly half of the borough’s roughly 2.2 million residents are foreign- born from over 100 different countries. This means that language, a distrust of Western medicine and the fear of deportation can discourage immigrants from seeking help.
One thing they forgot to mention... Maybe we should stop building schools and apartment buildings on toxic land.