African Americans and Cancer

The greatest risk factor for getting breast cancer is being a woman. Race is not considered a factor that might increase a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer. However, the rates of developing and dying from the disease differ among ethnic groups. For example, African American women are 55% more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage than non-Hispanic white women and have 44% increased risk of dying from the disease. African American women are also more likely to be diagnosed at a younger age with larger and more aggressive tumors.

The “African American Cancer Care Conference” scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 15 will teach African American women about early detection and screening for breast cancer. The conference is open to health care professionals, caregivers and anyone in the community to attend and learn more about breast, cervical, colon, ovarian, prostate and lung cancer. The conference will be held at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference is being coordinated by the G.R.E.E.N. Foundation, a grant recipient of the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the past five years.

Medical doctors will lead two sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) on breast cancer topics. More information is at www.komenoc.org. To register for the conference, call 714-507-0338 or email thegreenfoundation3@yahoo.com. For more information about racial and ethnic differences in breast cancer, go to www.komen.org and go to Understanding Breast Cancer.

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