The Portsmouth Partnership to Beat Breast Cancer project will address breast cancer disparities among African Americans in Portsmouth, Virginia through outreach, education and systems change. The project engages community organizations and health systems in Portsmouth to increase knowledge about breast cancer, reduce internal and structural barriers to screening and care, and increase mammography screening among African American women.
African American women in the city of Portsmouth experience the highest breast cancer mortality rate in the state of Virginia. Their mortality rate is 47.1 women per 100,000, compared to the rate of 25.6 women per 100,000 among Caucasians in the same geography (age-adjusted death rates for Virginia, 2004-2008, statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov). Out of about 97,000 residents, the population of the city of Portsmouth is 54% African American (US Census 2010).