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PHOENIX, Ariz. (Oct. 18, 2012) The American Cancer Society estimates 26,840 African American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 6,040 will die from the disease this year. While the overall breast cancer incidence rate for African American women is lower than Caucasian women, the death rate during 2003-2007 for the disease was 39 percent higher in African American women. Factors contributing to the higher death rate include differences in access to and utilization of early detection and treatment, risk factors that are different by race and socio-economic status, or biologic differences associated with the race.

Arizona Oncology reminds all women to follow the recommended screening guidelines for early detection of breast cancer. This includes a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam, every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and older, and a yearly mammogram, or x-ray picture of the breast beginning at age 40. A mammogram is the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt, and can identify breast cancer or pre-cancerous tissue changes that warrant further evaluation. It can also detect breast cancer earlier in its development, which can often improve the effectiveness of treatment and prevent death.

Women at increased risk (e.g. family history, genetic tendency, past breast cancer) should talk with their doctor about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional tests or having more frequent exams. Women should also know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their healthcare provider. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Arizona Oncology plays a major role in helping women throughout Arizona and their families win the battle against breast cancer by providing easy access to a full range of advanced cancer care services in a setting that allows patients to remain close to their homes and their support network of family and friends.
Through its affiliation with The US Oncology Network, one of the nations largest healthcare services networks dedicated exclusively to cancer treatment and research, Arizona Oncology can quickly bring the latest advances in therapies, research and technology close to patients homes. As a result, patients access the best possible treatment with the least amount of disruption to their daily lives.

About Arizona Oncology
Arizona Oncology is one of the largest medical groups in Arizona, with more than 50 practicing
physicians devoted exclusively to comprehensive, compassionate and high-quality cancer care to patients in several communities throughout the state, including: Chandler, Cottonwood, Deer Valley, Flagstaff, Glendale, Green Valley, Marana, Nogales, Oro Valley, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Safford, Scottsdale, Sedona, Sierra Vista and Tucson.
Arizona Oncology believes it is beneficial to provide cancer therapies in a community setting close to patients' homes and support systems. The physicians are supported by a talented clinical team sensitive to the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers. For more information, visit

Arizona Oncology is united in healing with The US Oncology Network, one of the nations largest community-based cancer treatment and research networks focused on advancing cancer care in America. As an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, Arizona Oncology is united with approximately 1,000 physicians and 10,000 cancer professionals nationwide. Arizona Oncology participates in clinical trials through US Oncology Research, which has helped to develop 43 FDA approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit

United In Healing
Arizona Oncology is united in healing with The US Oncology Network. The US Oncology Network unites one of the nations largest community-based cancer treatment and research networks to expand patient access to high-quality care and advance the science of cancer care.  As a member of The US Oncology Network, physicians and clinicians at Arizona Oncology are united with more than 1,000 physicians and 10,000 cancer professionals from across the country.  For more information, visit or


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