THE FACTS BEHIND THE CLAIM THAT MARIN COUNTY
IS THE BREAST CANCER CAPITAL OF THE NATION.
BY JENNIFER WOODLIEF • ILLUSTRATIONS BY GORDON STUDER
1 The rate is not nearly as high as it used to be, could be or should be.
2 According to the latest research, we are not alone.
3 Women are almost certainly not more likely to get breast cancer
simply because they live in Marin.
4 The mortality rate of breast cancer in Marin, while still heartbreaking,
does, in some measure, turn the scary statistic on its head.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
so it seems appropriate to address a question likely on
the mind of virtually every mid-30-something-and-
older woman in Marin County: Is the incidence rate of
breast cancer really higher here than in California (and
any other state in the country)? The answer is yes.
HERE ARE FOUR PIECES OF GOOD NEWS: