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Breast Cancer Month: Group to hold Breast Health Memorial Luncheon

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The Inland Empire group Home and Health Promotions, Inc. will hold a luncheon event October 19 to highlight the importance of Breast Health Awareness. The event will take place October 19 at San Bernardino Community Hospital in Henderson Auditorium in San Bernardino, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Call 883-0807 for more information.

Although they are less likely than white women to get breast cancer, black women are more likely to die from it. The difference in mortality began to emerge in the early 1980s. By 2007, according to the American Cancer Society even though rates for both groups were going down, death rates were 41 percent higher among African American women than among white women. Across the country, women of color report higher rates of disease and health problems are more likely to be uninsured and have had fewer doctor visits for preventive care. A 2009 Kaiser study noted “consistently higher rates of health challenges among black women, ranging from poor health status to chronic illness to obesity and cancer deaths.”

For breast cancer in particular, experts cite some additional factors: Black women often get their diagnoses at later stages and appear to be more susceptible to aggressive tumors. They also have a higher rate than white women of a diagnosis before age 40.

Poverty and racial inequities are the primary factors driving the disparity, according to a study released by the Avon Foundation. The study, which compared mortality rates between black and white women in the nation’s 25 largest cities, states that “nearly five black women die needlessly per day from breast cancer” because they don’t have information about the importance of breast screening and they don’t have access to high quality care. The authors of the study conducted by Sinai Urban Health Institute and published in Cancer Epidemiology, said genetics play only a small role in the disparity.

Memorial luncheon event coordinator Connie Lexion says while most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

“We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go. Our goal is to make women of color more aware of the risks.” The event will pay tribute to cancer victims and survivors and feature author Ms. Hattie Bratten-Bragg who fought and conquered breast cancer. The effort will focus on the spiritual, emotional nutritional aspects of learning about cancer risks and taking positive action.

Other October Breast Health Awareness events include: Stater Brothers Cancer Walk – Redlands, Downtown, October 7, 2012 Inland Behavioral Health Services, Breast Cancer Event –October 10th & 17th (909) 881-8146 Susan G Komen Walk - Temecula, October 21, 2012 Link’s Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner – October 24, 2012 - (909) 806-1256 Campus Survival Ball, Pomona, October 26 – (909) 626-966-2900; HYPERLINK "mailto:ksibcf1@verizon.net"ksibcf1@verizon.net Pink on Parade, Riverside Breast Cancer Walk -October 27, 2012

Source of information from SB County Department of Public Health (Healthy San Bernardino Types of Breast Cancer among African Americans is more severe Luncheon: October 19, 2012 is to look at how several women have survived and an author, Ms. Hattie Batten-Bragg, has fought the fight and conquered Breast Cancer. We will highlight the effort our sisters had made until they reached their death – memorial to them presented by Brother Allan Traylor This effort features spiritual, emotional, nutritional aspects of learning about Cancer risks and taking positive action October events:

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