About this resource:
Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services
Last Reviewed: January 2023
Workgroups: Cancer Workgroup
Cancer screenings save lives — however, barriers to getting screened, like cost or lack of access to screening services, exist. Patient navigation services can help lower those barriers. The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends patient services to help increase screening rates for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer among historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic populations and people with lower incomes. The CPSTF’s recommendation is based on a systematic review of 34 studies.
Patient navigation services may include:
- Reduced out-of-pocket costs
- Help with appointment scheduling
- Translation services
- Transportation or childcare assistance
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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2023). Patient Navigation Services Increase Cancer Screening and Advance Health Equity. Retrieved from https://www.thecommunityguide.org/news/cpstf-recommends-patient-navigation-services-increase-cancer-screening-advance-health-equity.html.