Dr. Mark Melendez was one of several speakers who was asked to present part of the findings, from The Community Profile: An Assessment of Breast Cancer in Connecticut — a comprehensive study of breast cancer in the Nutmeg State — which was developed by Susan G. Komen Southern New England. This press conference and reception was held on Feb. 29 at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. This event drew a wide range of attendees, including medical professionals, individuals from government, civic, and community organizations, concerned citizens, and members of the media.
Dr. Melendez spoke on the Community Profile: Quantitative, Qualitative & Health Systems Findings. He noted that there are many underserved communities in Connecticut; that many women are uncertain of how to access early health detection services; that taking time off, from work, is a major factor that impedes treatment for many women; and that there is limited public transportation to medical centers for screening, treatment, and procedures.