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Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Local Hospitals Call on Policymakers to Address Injustice and Unfairness in Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality
Date:10/23/2007

ree times more likely to die from the disease. African- American women in Michigan are dying of breast cancer at a higher rate (34 per 100,000) than White women (23 per 100,000). A study commissioned by Komen for the Cure highlighted Wayne County among eight communities in the U. S. with an alarmingly high breast cancer mortality rate (29.7 vs. 26.0 for U.S.).

"The most significant risk factors for getting breast cancer are being female and getting older. We need more breast care navigators who can help women make sense of the health care system. We need more funding for cancer research. Most of all, we need to move beyond talk and into action," said Kimberly Simpson, chief operating officer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The forum was moderated by Rene Syler, author and former CBS Early Show anchor whose family history of breast cancer and diagnosis of a pre-cancerous condition motivated her undergo a prophylactic mastectomy earlier this year. Syler moderated a panel of leading physicians and executives from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, The Detroit Medical Center, Oakwood Hospital, St. John Heath System and Henry Ford Hospital who talked about what their institutions are doing -- and what more must be done -- to address Wayne County's high breast cancer mortality rate and the disparities that cause some women to die of breast cancer more than others.

Crystal Greene from Ford Motor Company and 29-year-old breast cancer survivor Nikia Hammonds Blakely spoke about a new Komen initiative called Circle of Promise. Circle of Promise is designed to engage African American women in the fight to end breast cancer by fostering increased awareness, support, empowerment and action. The heart and soul of the campaign is its online community, http://www.komen.org/circle. Breast cancer survivor and Detroit Chief of Police Ella Bully-Cummings urged all women of metro Detroit to get screened.<
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