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Breast Cancer Rates in Anne Arundel Higher than State, Nation

The mortality rate has dropped over the past decade, but the rate of local breast cancer patients is still higher than either the state or the nation.

Women in Anne Arundel County have a higher rate of breast cancer than in other areas of the state and the country, according to statistics from the county's Department of Health.

Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Patch has assembled stories of survivors, local groups that work to battle cancer and programs you can take to inform yourself about cancer.

According to Anne Arundel County's 2012 Community Health Report Card, the mortality rate for breast cancer patients was 25 per 100,000 women—exceeding the national rate goal of 20.6, between the years of 2004-2008.

The Capital reported that mortality rates between 2000 and 2009 have dropped to below the state's levels, but are still higher than the national average.

The incidence of breast cancer was also reported as higher than average, with 1,720 new cases between 2004-2008, giving the county a rate of 123.2 per 100,000 women. The state's rate was 122.4, and the nation's rate was 121.1.

Elin Jones, a Department of Health spokesperson, said there has never been a study to explain why Anne Arundel County's breast cancer rates are higher than average, but she recommended that all women be screened for breast cancer regularly.

"We don't know a definite answer as to why, but people should definitely have regular screenings according to their health care providers," Jones said.

Between October and November, the department is hosting free cancer screenings and informational sessions throughout the county.

  • Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.—Pathways to Opportunity Fair, Pip Moyer Community Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Ln., Annapolis
  • Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m.—Disability Awareness Day, Westfield Annapolis Shopping Mall, Annapolis
  • Nov. 8, 2-7 p.m.—Anne Arundel County Department of Health Flu Immunization Clinic, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis 

See also:

  • Breast Cancer Support Groups in Broadneck
  • Shop Pink in Broadneck to Benefit Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Events in Annapolis
TC October 13, 2012 at 01:00 PM
My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer yesterday; this is her 2nd battle with breast cancer. 12 years ago she successfully beat it. The fight is on again...
Shanna October 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I found out shortly after moving to AA County that the average of people diagnosed with any kind of cancer was higher here.
DOH Communications Office October 14, 2012 at 05:29 PM
One benefit of breast screening is the early detection of cancer, which improves the chances of survival. Beginning at age 40, women should discuss mammography with their health care provider to determine what is best for them. The Department of Health offers free mammograms and breast exams to eligible County residents through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP). To find out if you are eligible for free breast screening, call BCCP at 410-222-6180.
BNB111 October 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Good luck to you and your wife TC! May God continue to bless both of you!
Dorothy N Hall October 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
TC , I will keep you and the Mrs. in my thoughts and prayers.

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