State Has Second Highest Rate of Breast Cancer in U.S.

Women who are African American and Hispanic are least likely to get mammograms, study says.

Connecticut has the second highest incidence of breast cancer in the country and a report will be released on Monday to identify the towns with the highest rates cancer, mortality and late-stage diagnosis.

The report, The 2011 Community Profile of Breast Cancer in Connecticut, determined that Connecticut ranks 35 for breast cancer mortality rates and that 84.1 percent of women over 40 percent have had a mammogram in two years, compared to 76 percent nationwide.

The report includes a map, showing cities and towns with high rates include Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, East Lyme, Fairfield. Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Middletown, Newtown, New Canaan, New Milford, Simsbury, Southbury, Southington, South Windsor, Stratford, Trumbull, Vernon, Wallingford, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Westport and Windsor.

Cities and towns with a high mortality rate include: Bloomfield, Branford, Cheshire, Farmington, Glastonbury, Hamden, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Haven, Norwalk, Shelton, Stonington, Vernon, Wallingford, Westport and Windsor.

Cities and town with a high late-stage rate include: Danbury, Enfield, Groton, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Britain, New Milford, Stamford, Torrington, West Hartford, Waterbury and Wethersfield.

Cities and towns with high late-stage and mortality rates include: Bridgeport, East Hartford, East Haven, Middletown, Milford, South Windsor, Stratford, Trumbull and West Haven.

The report also shows that African American women in urban centers and Hispanic women in manufacturing centers are the least likely in Connecticut to use mammography screening.

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