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Worcester Had Greatest Burden From Breast Cancer in 2015, Says Community Needs Assessment

Friday, June 03, 2016

 

Susan Komen Southern New England has released its Community Needs Assessment for Massachusetts and it shows that Worcester is one of three cities that had the greatest burden from breast cancer. 

The data also shows that a mammogram screening in Worcester can range from $300 to $490, while the same screening in Springfield averages $320 and can range from $300 to $600 in Boston.

“The results of the 2015 Community Profile reinforce what we already know: while much progress has been made in the fight against breast cancer, we are leaving certain populations behind. We’ll use the data in this report to guide our funding, helping women overcome barriers to early detection and making sure that all women have access to the care they need," said Lori van Dam, CEO of Komen Southern New England.  

Breast Cancer in Massachusetts 

Overall, the data shows that the state of Massachusetts experienced similar rates of breast cancer, however, there were disparities in death rates based on socioeconomics, race and education levels. 

Massachusetts is the state with the highest incidence of breast cancer in the United States, according to national statistics for 2008-2012, the most recent 5-year statistics available.In 2015, there were 25,434 incidences of breast cancer reported in Massachusetts. 

However, both death rates and the death rate trend were lower in Massachusetts than the rest of the country.

The data from the Community Profile was obtained from the Massachusetts Cancer Registry and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Using the Data 

The findings of the report will be used to guide Susan Komen Southern New England community breast health grants across the state of Massachusetts. 

To this  point, Susan Komen has awarded over $68 million for breast cancer research in Massachusetts and almost $9 million to Massachusetts based organizations that provide breast cancer education, screening, diagnostics, treatment and support services. 

Susan Komen Southern New England 

Susan G. Komen Southern New England is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Through events like the Race for the Cure®, Komen Southern New England has raised money that has funded $11 million in community breast health programs in Connecticut, $9 million in Massachusetts, and nearly $7 million to support breast cancer research.

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