Fight Like a Girl : Show Your Support
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Comes to a Close
DCHHS staff came together to raise awareness for breast cancer and wore pink to show their support.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Fewer than 15 percent of these women will have a family history of breast cancer.
Between 2009 and 2013, Black men and women were more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to be diagnosed with one of the top four cancers and die as a result. This disparity is evident when comparing the incidence and mortality rates for prostate cancer, lung and colorectal cancer between Black men and women and other racial and ethnic groups.
As we continue to advance patient-centered care, efforts should be made to share the importance of cancer screenings. Research shows that a recommendation from a health care provider is the most important reason patients cite for having cancer screening tests.41
In Dallas County, the percentage of women age 40 and over who had mammograms in the past two years decreased from 2010 to 2014.
Cervical cancer screening: The percentage of Dallas County women 18 years of age and older who had a Pap test in the past three years increased by 7.2 percentage points from 2010 and 2014 to 83.9%.
Colorectal cancer screening: The percentage of Dallas County adults who have ever had this screening increased by 3.7 percentage points between 2010 and 2014.
Cancer mortality rates vary across the county, based on important factors such as stage at diagnosis, prevalence of risk factors, and race.
Although the continual advances in research, detection and treatment of cancers continue to decrease national incidence rates, cancer remains a leading cause of death nationwide and in Dallas County.
Of the four most common types of cancer, prostate cancer had the highest five year aggregate incidence rate at 112.3 cases per 100,000 Dallas County residents between 2009 and 2013.
The five year Dallas County Community Health Needs Assessment 50 page aggregate incidence rate for lung cancer was 56.0 per 100,000 residents but had the highest five year aggregate mortality rate at 42.7 per 100,000 residents.