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“LA LUCHA” Against Breast Cancer: Making a Difference in the Latino Community

On Wednesday, May 30, Komen Orange County in partnership with Unidos Contra el Cancer de Seno Coalition held the 2nd Annual Unidos Roundtable Luncheon at White House restaurant in Anaheim.

Almost 100 key Latino community stakeholders attended the luncheon and were provided with information about programs and opportunities to become more involved in the local fight against breast cancer. As a result, many of the attendees signed on to volunteer and partner with many of the upcoming programs that Komen Orange County has planned for the Latino community this year.

The event featured Teresa Samaniego, director of public affairs at ABC7, as emcee as well as a special guest panel of “luchadores” who are making a difference in Orange County. Breast cancer survivor Susie Perez spoke to attendees about her ongoing battle with breast cancer and the support she’s receiving from Komen Orange County.

Orange County Latinas are 61 percent more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage and are at increased risk of dying from the disease. Komen OC provides free clinical breast examinations for women 40 years and older, with a low household income and with no medical insurance or an insurance that has a high deductible or co-payment.

Ultimately, the event helped Komen OC achieve the goal of providing more breast health education programs and free mammograms to our Latino community.