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Report: Farmington Has High Breast Cancer Mortality Rate

Susan G. Komen for the Cure findings identify town as having higher than average rate of diagnosis and mortality.

A report on breast cancer rates in Connecticut towns pinpoints Farmington as one town where the disease is affecting lives at a higher rate than the rest of the state.  The report, released this morning by the Connecticut Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, identifies 39 Connecticut towns of interest with high rates of diagnosis, late stage diagnosis or mortality.

Farmington is included in the towns of interest because of its high mortality rate and West Hartford because of its high incidence of late stage diagnosis. The study indicates that Southington and Simsbury also have a higher rate of breast cancer than the rest of the state. As a whole, Connecticut is second in the nation for diagnoses but 35th in mortality.

"The purpose of the report is to tell us what is going on around the state so the purpose is not to tell us why because that is a whole other, more complicated issue," explained Carrie Tuttolo, for Komen Connecticut. "The purpose of the report is to lay a ground work of what are the problem areas and inform our grant-making priorities."

The proximity and accessibility of treatment facilities and socioeconomic climate of the towns are two factors cited as possibly having a role in the rates.

To see the full report, click here.

Kim October 03, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Are incidents of cancer tracked nation wide and how can someone access the information for an area that someone may be looking to purchase a house?
Kerry October 04, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Are the stars on the map marking the towns or the neighborhood of the high incidence?
Kaitlin Glanzer (Editor) October 04, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Kerry, the stars mark the towns. Komen for the Cure was very sparse on details and numbers. "High" just means above average for the state and they couldn't give me figures. I will follow up with the Department of Public Health and see if it can provide more insight.
Kerry October 04, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Thanks for the information Kaitlin!
Mary jane Parlow October 04, 2011 at 10:23 PM
As a breast cancer survivor,this article is very troubling to me. Fortunately,we have here at UCONN on e of the best cancer centers in the country

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