Targeting Breast Cancer in African-American Women; Providing Education & Resources to the Black Community

Modified: June 14, 2017 5:25pm

06/13/2017

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PRESS RELEASE

From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein

Date: June 13, 2017                                

CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov

Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925

Targeting Breast Cancer in African-American Women

Providing Education & Resources to the Black Community 

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African-American women and their second leading cause of death in the United States. 

Survival rates among African-American women are lower than those of white (Caucasian) women. Some possible reasons may be due to African-American women presenting at diagnosis with larger, more aggressive, tumors; being diagnosed with breast cancer at a more advanced stage; and encountering barriers to care.

The Erie County Cancer Services Program, in collaboration with Susan G. Komen® WNY, is hosting a series of Breast Cancer Education and Resource events created specifically for the African-American Community.

The first event is

Breast Cancer in the African American Community:

A Snacks and Facts Event

on Thursday, June 29th, at 6:00-7:30pm at the

Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library Auditorium

(1324 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo).

Beverages and light snacks will precede a short presentation and an interactive discussion. Additional events in this series will be announced once dates and locations are finalized.

This event is a valuable opportunity for African-American women to learn about the resources available to them, such as no-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women, as well as free transportation for screening visits.

For more information, or to RSVP for the June 29th event, call (716) 858-7376. Please share this invitation with your family and friends!

For More Information

Erie County Cancer Services Program

Susan G. Komen® WNY