“In 2012, Los Angeles has the lowest breast cancer mortality rate of the large American cities for which the Big Cities Health Coalition has data. The city must truly be doing something right when it comes to cancer screening, prevention, and treatment,” said Chrissie Juliano, MPP, director of the Big Cities Health Coalition, a data platform, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that makes more than 12,000 data points on public health in 28 major cities.
“There are also some real racial disparities, which we see all too often in cities across the country. There are significant racial disparities in breast cancer deaths for women in Los Angeles, with Hispanic women dying from breast cancer at a rate of 6.1 deaths for every 100,000 people, Caucasians at 8.6, Asians/Pacific Islanders at 10.3, and Blacks at 31.8. Black women in Los Angeles are more than five times more likely to die of breast cancer than their Hispanic counterparts.”