The American Cancer Society reports that death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing for all women since 1990. As this video explains, while this statistic shines hope on those who are diagnosed with breast cancer, not all women receive the hospital treatment they need for survival.
The ACS study found that women from lower socioeconomic groups had a slower decline in breast cancer deaths. Moreover, this decline began later than that of more affluent women. Hospital experts attribute this discrepancy to several factors, the first of which being that poorer women have a lower rate of getting breast cancer screenings. Women from lower socioeconomic groups are also likely to lack access to high-quality treatment. No matter your financial status, all women can help prevent the onset of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy body weight, staying active, and reducing alcohol consumption. Moreover, experts agree that, starting at age 40, all women should schedule annual hospital visits for mammogram screenings.
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center provides preventative breast cancer screenings at our Thousand Oaks hospital. For more information, please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727.