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African American Task Force hosts Purple Tea

By Floyd Miller



ABILENE- The African American Task Force of the Alliance for Women and Children held its annual Purple Tea on Saturday, September 26, 2009 to raise awareness of the importance of breast cancer screenings, especially in the African American community.{{more}} The American Cancer Society estimates 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur in the U.S. in 2009. African American women are more likely than any other race to die from the disease. Over 100 ladies dressed in all shades of purple were in attendance at the Ben E. Keith Community Room to celebrate breast cancer survivors, to remember those who lost the fight, and to educate women to be screened regularly. The ladies enjoyed an encouraging message from Assistant City Manager Evalin McClain. “The goal of the Purple Tea is to encourage African American women to take charge of their health and ensure that they are screened for breast cancer,” says Neomia Banks, chairperson of the African American Task Force.“The Alliance for Women and Children provides mammograms for women who are uninsured in the Big Country, and one of our priority populations is the African American Community. We know that this population is least likely to get their screening tests performs decreasing the likelihood that the disease is caught early,” said Toni Brown, Program Manager of the Women’s Health Awareness program at the Alliance for Women & Children.–20–The American Cancer Society recommends women begin their annual mammograms at age 40. Most insurances cover this as a preventative test. Women may qualify for a free mammogram through the Women’s Health Awareness program if they are uninsured. Please call 325-677-5321 and ask for the Women’s Health Awareness program to see if you qualify.-30-The Alliance for Women and Children empowers women and families and embraces ethnic diversity through programs designed to promote well being, self-sufficiency and future success. Located at 1350 N. 10th in Abilene, the Alliance has been serving the Abilene-area community since 1920.

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