Disparities in our Region*
FACT: Of the 45 counties served by Komen South Carolina, 25 of them have 100% living in medically underserved areas.
FACT: 20 counties served by Komen South Carolina have more than 20% living below Federal Poverty Level.
FACT: Richland County had a late-stage incidence of breast cancer rate significantly higher than the state as a whole.
FACT: Laurens County and Orangeburg counties had a death rate from breast cancer significantly higher than the state as a whole.
Komen South Carolina recognizes that each county we serve faces challenges. By focusing strategic efforts on specific populations, the Affiliate can continue to be efficient stewards of our limited resources.
Three overarching issues are evident throughout our service area: access to the full continuum of care, education of both the general population and medical providers, and the lack of Medicaid expansion. These problems negatively impact breast health disparities in the Affiliate’s predominant populations- rural and Black/African-American women. If these issues are addressed appropriately, these populations may have better health outcomes.
The Community Profile
The 2015 Community Profiles will guide Komen South Carolina’s work for the coming years, aligning strategic and operational efforts to better address the region’s breast health needs and disparities. This needs assessment is compiled to assist the Affiliate and its partners in identifying breast cancer disparities within the 17 county region. By incorporating focused grantmaking, education and advocacy policies, Komen South Carolina can make a greater impact on the lives of South Carolinians.
The Community Profile is compiled every four years and updated as needed. Statistical data and community feedback are used to identify the challenges faced within the communities we serve.
2015 Community Profile Reports for Komen South Carolina:
* Based on the findings of the 2015 Community Profile Report for South Carolina