What’s happening at the US’s largest provider of health care for women?
The first step in getting women’s healthcare is to be treated, according to Dr. Shoshana Soto, a professor at Oregon Health and Science University, in an interview with the Portland Press Herald.
And for the vast majority of women, she says, they won’t know they’ve been treated until they’re in a hospital bed.
Soto says she’s not surprised by the rise in breast cancer cases among women.
But what she’s alarmed by is how quickly breast cancer rates are changing.
Sometime in the next 20 years, Soto told the Press Herald, we’ll see more cases of breast cancer among women who’ve had a mastectomy than among women without.
She said the incidence of mastectomy-related cancers among women will also increase as the cost of sterilization and other health care rises.
Sotos, a member of the Women’s Health Initiative, is an associate professor in the department of preventive medicine at Oregon State University.
She is also the co-founder and director of the Breast Cancer Care Center at Oregon Hospital for Women.
In a statement, Oregon Health spokesman Mike Cate said Soto has no affiliation with the state’s Department of Health.
Cate also said the department does not have data on the rise of cancer among Oregon women.
Oregon Health also said it is taking steps to address the increased risk of mastectomies among women, including providing additional resources to those who need them.
Breast cancer cases in Oregon declined by 20% in the last decade, and a study published last year found that among women ages 50 to 59, the prevalence of breast cancers declined to 15% from 19% in 2006.
Sotos, who is the lead author of that study, said she thinks the rate of cancer is higher in the U.S. because it is not as much money invested in preventive measures.
Breast cancers are more prevalent in women than men because breast tissue is less elastic, she said.
Breast cells are not as strong.
Women also tend to be less educated about their cancers and more likely to go to the doctor for tests, Sotos said.
But breast cancer is not always as straightforward a diagnosis.
Sotsos said there are many factors that can increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer.
Women who have a family history of breast disease, like those who have had mastectoms or those who were previously diagnosed with a disease like cystic fibrosis or cysticoid.
Sottos said it could also be the way the body makes hormones or medications.
The best way to treat the condition is to get breast exams and mammograms.
Soticos said the diagnosis of breast tumor is not necessarily a guarantee that a woman will get breast cancer, but the chances of a woman getting breast cancer increases with every test that is done.
Sotomos, who has breast cancer herself, said it takes two years of treatment for most breast cancers to fully develop and progress.
That includes surgery and chemotherapy.
But it is also important for women to receive regular checkups, which can be expensive, especially for women who have to make long trips to appointments or have health care workers at home.
Breastfeeding is also critical.
The Breastfeeding Prevention Foundation, a group that advocates for breast-feeding in the United States, estimates that one in three women who breastfeed is breast-fed, compared with one in four women who do not.
The group recommends breastfeeding for at least six months, and recommends that mothers breastfeed their babies every four hours.
Sotias hopes that women who are worried about getting breast or colorectal cancer will be more likely and able to make plans for a mammogram and for other medical appointments to get the treatment they need.
But for many, she told the Portland press, the health care that they need is going to be hard to find.