CA Access News

October 2011


In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


8 Inspiring Faces Of Breast Cancer

By Laura Schocker, Huffington Post, October 7, 2011

Last year, more than 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer were estimated to be diagnosed. 1 in 8 women is expected to receive a diagnosis during the course of her lifetime, according to

It's nearly impossible to find someone today who hasn't been affected in some way by the disease -- with a mother, a sister, a grandmother or a friend diagnosed at some point.

But sometimes those women are more well-known. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we rounded up just a few of the inspiring faces of breast cancer over the past several years.

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Partner Spotlight

Richard L. Zaldivar Honored by Latino Behavioral Health Institute for His Leadership in Promoting Wellness and Prevention of Illness in the Latino Community

Richard L. Zaldivar (left) accepts recognition from
LBHI Boardmember, Ed Viramontes (right)

Community leader and founder of The Wall Las Memorias Project, Richard L. Zaldivar was recognized last Friday, September 16th for decades of community service and leadership in addressing health issues such as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and mental health. The award was presented the 17th Annual Latino & Behavioral Health Conference in downtown Los Angeles. The theme of this year's nationwide conference was From Margin to Mainstream.

Zaldivar was the 17th recipient of the prestigious LBHI Honor Roll Award. "Richard Zaldivar has contributed to the advancement of social justice for Latinos in this country," states Ed Viramontes, Executive Director of El Centro De Amistad and board member of Latino Behavioral Health Institute, adding, "He has been an outstanding leader in the field of human service."

Richard Zaldivar called on the conference of Latino mental health professionals to become educated, engaged and tolerant in providing mental health services to the Latino LGBT community and to those living with HIV.

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Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

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Welcome New Partners

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In the News

Breast Cancer Death Rates Decline
Poorer Women Slower to See Dip in Breast Cancer Death Rates
By Denise Mann, WebMD Health News, October 3, 2011

Fewer women are dying from breast cancer, largely because of advances in screening and treatment. Poorer women, however, are seeing a slower and later decline in their risk of dying from breast cancer, in part because they don’t have as much access to these life-saving advances.

In 2008, 51.4% of poor women aged 40 and older had a screening mammogram in the past two years. By contrast, 72.8% of wealthier women had a mammogram in the past two years.

These are some of the findings from the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012 report. It appears in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every October. Read more

Breast cancer screening a balance of cost-effective and life-saving
By Lois M. Collins, Deseret News, October 6, 2011

When breast cancer is detected at its earliest stage, it is at its most treatable. And the easiest way to do that in a cost-effective manner is with mammography. But a stunning number of women in the Intermountain region don't have the test that could save their lives.

"The biggest issue in my opinion in imaging is the women in our state and region do not get screening mammograms. We are last or next to last in the country in terms of women who have insurance getting them. And screening mammograms save lives," said surgeon Dr. William Rees of the Salt Lake Clinic. Read more

Heart attacks hit smokers younger: study
By Genevra Pittman, Reuters, October 10, 2011

Smokers tend to suffer heart attacks years earlier than non-smokers, suggests a new study from Michigan.

"Individuals who smoke are much more likely to have a heart attack, and will present with a heart attack a decade or more earlier," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a cardiologist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn't involved in the new study. The findings, he said, also show that "you could have a heart attack in the absence of other risk factors if you smoke."

Researchers led by Dr. Michael Howe from the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor studied about 3,600 people who were hospitalized with a heart attack or unstable angina -- pain caused by low blood flow to the heart that is often a precursor to a heart attack. Read more

Interesting Information

L.A. County expands no-cost healthcare
Hoping to establish new programs before Medi-Cal takes over in 2014, it plans to register as many as 550,000 patients and assign them to medical clinics for free services.
By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2011

In one of the largest expansions of health coverage to the uninsured, Los Angeles County is enrolling hundreds of thousands of residents in a publicly funded treatment program and setting the stage for the national healthcare overhaul.

The county hopes to register as many as 550,000 patients and is assigning them to medical clinics for services at no cost to them. At the same time, the county is transforming its healthcare system to be less focused on acute care and more on primary care. The changes are expected to reduce costs, streamline care and attract patients. Read more


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