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National Asian Breast Cancer Initiative Launches New Campaign 'Asian Women Don't Get Breast Cancer'
Date:10/29/2013

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The National Asian Breast Cancer Initiative (NABCI), is a startup non-profit project organized by a group of influencers, connectors and activists concerned about the unique issues that Asian women face related to breast cancer. NABCI's newly launched campaign is titled "Asian women don't get breast cancer" in honor of breast cancer activist Susan Shinagawa.

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Contrary to a pervasive, popular perception among medical professionals, Asian women get breast cancer. In fact, it's one of the leading causes of death among Asian women in the United States, who actually face unique cultural, linguistic and genetic issues pertaining to breast cancer.

In 1991, Susan noticed a lump in her breast during her monthly self-exam. Her mammogram came out negative, but a sonogram revealed that the lump was a solid mass. The first doctor diagnosed Susan with fibrocystic breast disease -- lumpy breasts -- and refused to do a biopsy because, "Asian women don't get breast cancer." The second doctor also diagnosed Susan with lumpy breasts and said: "I can tell you with 99.9 percent certainty that you do not have breast cancer." This time Susan insisted on the biopsy and was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and opted for a modified radical mastectomy of her right breast and six months of chemotherapy. Ten years later, a routine mammogram revealed that Susan had an unrelated breast cancer in her left breast, for which she underwent a second mastectomy.

Susan is still in active treatment and has become one of the nation's leading Asian breast cancer activists. Susan helped co-found the Asian and Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network (APINCSN), which is a partner of NABCI. To this day, Susan st
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