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Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R), San Diego Releases Community Profile Unveiling Alarming Statistics About Breast Cancer in San Diego County
Date:9/17/2009

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to continue to deliver on its vision of a world without breast cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure,((R) )San Diego conducted an in-depth, county-wide research and community needs assessment to identify disparities in breast cancer across populations. Komen San Diego conducts a Community Profile every two years to ensure its programs are meeting the breast health services needs in San Diego County. This recent report unveiled important data that will guide the Affiliate's strategic activities as it looks to close gaps and ensure equal care, education, treatment and resources to all populations in the county.

"This is the first-ever in-depth study on breast cancer completed in San Diego County. While some of the statistics are alarming, we feel empowered by the data, which has helped us identify the populations most in need of breast health services and identify gaps in services that must be reduced to improve breast health among members of our community," said Laura Farmer Sherman, executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego. "We now know where the needs are, and we can pursue opportunities to fill those needs, establish granting priorities, focus our education needs, and drive public policy with a clear direction and strategy to make a bigger impact where it's needed."

Community Profile Conclusions

To complete its Community Profile, Komen San Diego engaged a broad base of key experts and stakeholders, reviewed existing secondary data and discussion, and collected direct feedback from survivors. Based on analysis of breast cancer statistics in San Diego County, there were three target areas selected for in-depth study: minority women, young women, and breast health providers. The minority women in this study included: African-Americans, Latinas, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, imm
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