Core Activities

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women of every age and ethnicity. In Oregon, eight women are newly diagnosed every day and more than 500 women die from breast cancer every year.

Our goal is to accelerate the pace to overcome barriers to breast health faced by both women and health care professionals, ensuring proper breast health practices and safer communities.

Needs Assessment and Prioritization

Solutions to problems require a thorough understanding of the needs and how best to apply the appropriate strategy to meet these needs. We can assist.

  • How to identify those less likely to know what to do and where to get help.
  • Mammography: Does availability match the demand for services?
  • Program Planning and Measurement guides


We have health educators and physicians available to deliver the latest in breast health screening recommendations, risk reduction knowledge, clinical practices and current research discussions. 

Bringing Science to Practice

Applying knowledge gained from scientific research to the community is not often simple, especially when the target populations are hard to reach. We are studying how to successfully bridge research findings to real-world use.

Community Outreach

Connecting people to the resources where they live is essential. As the only cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute between Seattle and Sacramento, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's community outreach role is to share the discoveries and improve the health of all area residents.


Real change must include legislative action and funding. We work at both the national and state levels to improve the lives of all Oregonians. Read More