Melendez speaks at Capitol

Wilton resident Dr. Mark Melendez spoke at the state Capitol on Feb. 29 when he presented part of the findings of The Community Profile: An Assessment of Breast Cancer in Connecticut.

The study was developed by Susan G. Komen Southern New England, the largest non-governmental funder of breast cancer services in Connecticut.

Melendez, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with offices in Fairfield, Shelton, and Greenwich, presented the quantitative, qualitative, and health systems findings.

“He noted that there are many underserved communities in Connecticut, that many women are uncertain of how to access early health detection services, that taking time off from work is a major factor that impedes treatment for many women, and that there is limited public transportation to medical centers for screening, treatment, and procedures,” a press release said.

According to the press release, the highest numbers of new cases of breast cancer are in Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, Greenwich, West Hartford, Hartford, Norwalk, Fairfield, and Bristol.