Researching the needs of women diagnosed
with breast cancer in Alaska

In the state of Alaska, female breast cancer ranks second highest for incidence and mortality among all cancers in Alaska.  Between 1996 and 2003, 317 Alaskan women were diagnosed annually with breast cancer (DHSS, 2006).  Research shows that long term breast cancer survivors are at significant risk for adverse physical, psychological and social outcomes.

With funding from the State of Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnership and Providence Alaska Medical Center, Behavioral Health Research and Services (BHRS) at the University of Alaska Anchorage will initiate an online needs assessment survey of women who have survived breast cancer in the state of Alaska.  Some Alaska women diagnosed with breast cancer can access all their services needed at the time; others have very limited access to services that could help with survival and quality of life. 

This project seeks to:

  • identify the needs of Alaska women facing breast cancer,
     
  • increase knowledge about breast cancer in Alaska, and  
     
  • provide information about services that need to be developed to better meet the needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the state of Alaska.

Results will be used to help hospitals, healthcare providers, allied healthcare providers, survivorship programs, and caregivers guide the development of services that are essential to improving the quality of life of women with histories of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Needs Assessment Results

This project was funded by Breast Cancer Focus, Inc., Providence Alaska Medical Center, and State of Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnership.