The Stanford Cancer Institute’s Community Partnership Program is hosting the second annual conference, Breast Cancer and African Americans, on Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Boulevard, S. San Francisco.
The purpose of this event is provide culturally tailored breast health and cancer information to help eliminate cancer disparities and the burden of this disease among African Americans in the Bay Area and surrounding communities.
The theme of this year’s event is Helping Communities Better Help Themselves.
African American women face poorer prognosis of breast cancer than other women. Although diagnosed with breast cancer less often, African American women have the highest overall death rates of any other racial and ethnic group according to recent data published by the Centers for Disease Control.
Reasons for this difference result from many factors including African American women having more aggressive cancers coupled with fewer social and economic resources to access timely and quality follow up care.
Additionally, women often do not have the necessary information needed to help them to take care of themselves.
Admission is free to this event, but registration is required since seating is limited. For more information or to register, visit http://tinyurl.com/BCAA2013 or call (800) 383-0941 to request a registration form by mail. CEUs are available for health professionals.
The registration deadline is April 29. This event is conducted in conjunction with a host of partner organizations and community groups. Support is provided by the Stanford Cancer Institute, California Breast Cancer Research Program, and in part by the DHHS, Office on Women’s Health, Region IX.