California's Marin County at one point had the highest rates of breast cancer, but according to a new study, the Bay Area as a whole now has higher than normal rates.
The research debuted Tuesday by the Public Health Institute's California Breast Cancer Mapping Project in Oakland. And unfortunately, the southern and northern Bay Area divisions were "areas of concern."
Executive director of Zero Breast Cancer, Janice Barlow expressed that the study "is an important tool for further research," adding:
"This opens up whole new areas to look at and explore. It's an opportunity to advance our understanding of why there are such geographic variations in breast cancer incidence."
Sadly, scientists still don't know why the Bay Area is being affected by the big C, but the cases that have been noted all "shared some demographic similarities."
Dang, let's hope scientists find out what exactly is going on because no one should have to suffer such a horrific disease!!
[Image via Michael Carpenter/WENN.]
Tags: alameda, bay area, breast cancer, california, california breast cancer mapping project, cancer, contra costa, higher breast cancer rates, janice barlow, marin county, napa, oakland, public health institute, san mateo, santa clara, solano, sonoma, zero breast cancer