One in eight women in the United States (about 13%) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and, for women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer besides lung cancer. Kaiser Permanente is proud to support increased awareness around breast cancer this month and throughout the year. To do this, we focus on research, screening and prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and survivorship.
Breast cancer is an active area of study for our researchers
Scientists across the enterprise have used our data to advance knowledge in the areas of understanding risk, improving patient outcomes, and translating research findings into policy and care. Our teams have published nearly 500 articles related to breast cancer since 2007. Together, these articles have been cited more than 15,000 times. Most recently, Kaiser Permanente has released research which shows that weight is linked to risk of second cancer, or another type of cancer, after a patient has experienced breast cancer, and cancer survival rate is higher among insured individuals. Research aids in better understanding the risks and understanding the risks, can drive prevention and detection.
Kaiser Permanente is a national leader in breast cancer screening
With rates in the top 5% nationwide, our screening rates exceed the national average. According to HEDIS, Kaiser Permanente is 84% vs. 73% nationwide. A few brave, and resilient members have taken the time to share their story to drive home the importance of screening and detection to help others: Screening and early detection: A survivor’s story (October 2020) and Courageously facing a family history of breast cancer.
The next critical step for most patients is treatment
Our clinicians treat more than 500,000 cancer patients each year. When a cancer diagnosis occurs, we act quickly to create a care plan that’s personalized for each patient’s needs. Based on the plan, the care team could include a whole host of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, pharmacists, nurses, and care coordinators. Cancer patients are then followed carefully and supported throughout all stages.
While October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is important to keep screening and detection top of mind all year long.