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Contact: Reona Berry, firstname.lastname@example.org or Reona.email@example.com
African American Breast Cancer Alliance, Inc. Promotes Breast Cancer
Awareness and Support
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women. One woman is diagnosed every 3 minutes with breast cancer. Research shows nearly 20,000 newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among African American women, and 5,640 are expected to die from the disease in the U.S. The incidence rate of breast cancer is higher among younger African American women (under age 40) than among Caucasian women. The incidence rate of breast cancer is 12% lower in African American women, however the mortality rate is higher compared to Caucasian women.
“We look forward to increasing breast cancer awareness and educating the Twin Cities community about the importance of early detection and early treatment. Too many of our sisters’ are dying from breast cancer. Our community must understand that early detection is not a slogan; it can possibly save your life. It is too important to ignore,” said Reona Berry, Founder.
The organization also celebrates 21 years of sharing education and support this month. The African American Breast Cancer Inc. is the only African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the Twin Cities. Currently, the organization has more than 140 breast cancer survivor members on its mailing list. Spreading the word about AABCA’s breast cancer survivors support group helps black women and those affected by breast cancer cope with the disease. Its new Breast Cancer Survivors Support Project is funded by the Minnesota Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to expand information about the AABCA and its survivor support services.
About the African American Breast Cancer Alliance, Inc. (AABCA)
The AABCA, Inc. is a growing voice and the only African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the Minneapolis/St Paul area. Founded in 1990 by Linda Finney, Brenda Anderson, Reona Berry, Elaine Elliot, Mamie Singleton, Theresa Davis and others, the AABCA is governed by an elected Board of Directors. The organization’s purpose is to educate and support African Americans affected by breast cancer. It hopes to bring survivors together, save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women in Minnesota and around the country.
For more information, visit www.aabcainc.org.