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Area Salons Open Their Doors Tomorrow to Susan G. Komen

“More Than My Hair” Tour Hits Orange County and Long Beach to Spread Breast Cancer Awareness in the African American Community

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women, and the second most common cause of cancer death?

Susan G. Komen Orange County and the Los Angeles County Affiliate have teamed up to help spread breast health awareness and education to African American women at select salons in the greater Long Beach area as well as Irvine and Anaheim. Nearly a dozen hair salons will be offering their locations from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. as part of a “More Than My Hair Tour” to help spread the word about breast health and the importance of early detection. Volunteers will be handing out fact sheets as well as information on local resources and how to get a free mammogram.

The event is part of Komen’s Circle of Promise movement, designed to further engage black women around the globe in the fight against breast cancer.

Stop by one of these salons tomorrow to learn more:

In Long Beach:

Hair it is Hair Salon: 4505 Orange Ave.

Heads up Hair Design Salon: 906 E. Artesia Blvd.

Hair Plus Salon: 6088 N. Atlantic Ave.

Bonded by Roots: 4148 Norse Way

The Beauty Box: 4166 Norse Way, Suite B

Divas Hair Salon: 1401 E. South St.

Class of Elegance: 5407 W. Cherry Ave.

In Irvine:

LeShay’s Salon & Spa: 17942 Skypark Cir., Bldg. 44, Suite D

In Anaheim:

Savy Hair Salon: 2795 W. Lincoln Ave.

Anointed Hands Beauty & Sheas Salon: 1842 West Lincoln Avenue

For more information about the “More Than My Hair Tour” please call the Los Angeles County Affiliate at 310-575-3011 or Orange County Affiliate at 714-957-9157.

Look for this poster at local salons tomorrow.

Look for this poster at local salons tomorrow.

Circle of Promise

On Sunday, Komen OC teamed up with the Komen Los Angeles Affiliate and launched the Circle of Promise campaign in Long Beach to create the largest Second Line. A Second Line is a “lively dancing procession that celebrates life at the conclusion of a funeral” and is traditionally a celebratory component of Mardi Gras festivals. The Long Beach event allowed Komen OC, along with participants, to Bury the Silence and Raise Our Voice as we end breast cancer in African American community.

The Komen Los Angeles County and Orange County Affiliates, in partnership with the Komen African American Community Partnership, a collaboration of local agencies and key stakeholders, launched the local Circle of Promise campaign to reach at risk women in Greater Long Beach, CA. The goals are to engage the local community in the breast cancer movement, increase knowledge of breast health and local resources, reduce stigma related to breast cancer and motivate the use of annual mammography screening. These efforts align with Komen National’s Circle of Promise and Queens of Keeping it Real Campaign.

Based upon statistical analyses of the regional Cancer Registry, the Affiliates found that African-American women in its service area are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage and are at significantly increased risk of dying from the disease than Caucasian women. (Komen/ UCI Data Project; 2009) An individual who is diagnosed early has a 98% survival rate while those detected at an advanced stage have a 20% survival rate. For more information about this data, click here.

The Circle of Promise campaign is designed to engage African American women to help end breast cancer forever by increasing awareness, support, empowerment and action.  The program works by mobilizing the community to ensure that women everywhere have access to the care they need. For more information, please call our office at 714-957-9157.