Louisiana Facts & Statics
Louisiana has the 2nd highest DEATH RATE in the nation which is above the national average. However, Louisiana‘s incidence rate is below the national average.
A quarter of eligible women in our service are NOT receiving an annual MAMMOGRAM.
We expect over 550 women to be diagnosed with breast cancer in our service area this year, and 218 will be diagnosed at late stage.
According to the American Cancer Society there will be an estimated 2900 new cases of breast cancer in Louisiana in 2015. They also estimate that over 600 of these cases will result in death. Nationally over 230,000 women will loose their battle to breast cancer in 2015.
The disparities are shocking for African-American women. Also, African-American women are less likely to start treatment within 30 days of diagnosis than white women and differences in access to care and treatment received by African Americans and Hispanics will likely contribute to higher mortality rates.
Sources: Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, et al., editors. SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2010: Fast Stats. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute.http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2010/, 2013; American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2014. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2014.