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DOH-Volusia Breast Cancer Does Not Affect Women Equally in Volusia County

October 11, 2018

Daytona Beach, Fla.—Deaths caused by breast cancer among Volusia County women decreased 10 percent from 2013-2017. That’s some of the good news in a statistical report released today by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia). However death rates from the disease are not equal among races. For example, white women had higher death rates than black and Hispanic women.

The data brief is online at volusiahealth.com/stats.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment is more effective. Women should talk with their health care provider about individual risk factors and the frequency of receiving mammograms.

Additional findings in the report include:

  • White women had the highest death rates overall.
  • Death rates among Hispanic females decreased the most from 2013-2017 – more than 46 percent.
  • The death rate among black women increased three percent.
  • The death rate among white women decreased four percent.
  • The occurrence of new breast cancer diagnoses among Volusia County women has increased four percent from 2011-2015.

Aside from non-melanoma skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since 2010, the death rate from breast cancer in Volusia County has ranged from 19 to 23 deaths per 100,000 people.

The risk of breast cancer increases with age. The CDC recommends regular mammograms and paying attention to the following changes in the look and feel of the breast, including:

  • A new lump in the breast

  • A lump that has changed in size

  • A change in the size and shape of the breast

  • Pain in the breast or nipple that does not go away

  • Flaky, red or swollen skin anywhere on the breast

  • A nipple that is very tender or that begins to turn inward

  • Blood or any other type of fluid coming from the nipple that is not milk when nursing a baby.

The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FBCCEDP) provides access to the breast and cervical cancer screenings doctors recommend. The screenings are free or low cost if you meet program eligibility requirements.

To see if you qualify, call DOH-Volusia at 1-800-226-6110 or call the American Cancer Society National Hotline at 1-800-227-2345 to get more information on the program. 

Medicare insurance also provides mammograms to women age 65 and older without a copay. Please call 1-800-633-4227 for information on receiving mammograms through Medicare.  

The data brief cites age-adjusted rates. It does not examine cause and effect relationships. The department prepares these types of health reports for use by community partners who serve various populations or address health risks. Reports also help to raise awareness among the general public.

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