Local Breast Cancer Advocate Awarded Scholarship and Participated in Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum in New York City

Local Breast Cancer Advocate Awarded Scholarship and Participated in Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum in New York City

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

More than 275 Avon Foundation-funded BreastCancer Community Health Educators, Patient Navigators, Nurses and Physicians Gathered from Across the Country New York, NY – D’Nette Broyles attended the 2012 Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum asa representative of Alliance for Women and Children, after being awarded ascholarship from the Avon Foundation for Women. This year’s Forum took place on March21-23 in New York, NY, and focused onprograms exploring overcoming racial disparities in breast cancer care andtreatment, as well as ensuring access to breast cancer early detection programsand treatment. At the Forum, the Avon Foundation released a study that showed nearlyfive black women die needlessly per day from breast cancer in the United States –a total of 1,722 deaths annually. {{more}} Broyles was oneof more than 275 community health educators, patient navigators, nurses andphysicians from all 50 states that attended the Forum. Collectively, theparticipants are part of a network of Avon Foundation-funded programs that haveeducated more than 11 million women andmen about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, linked nearly 2.7 million women tomammography screening, and navigated thousands of breast cancer patientsthrough treatment. Broyles is theWomen’s Health Awareness Program Manager at Alliance for Women and Children. The Women’s Health Awareness Program is nowin its 21st year of providing breast and cervical screeningsand breast and cervical cancer education to women across Taylor and 22 surrounding counties in WestCentral Texas. The WHA Program worksclosely with Abilene Regional MedicalCenter, HendrickMedical Center,Rolling PlainsMemorial Hospitalin Sweetwater and, Shannon Medical Centerin San Angeloto ensure that women are provided mammograms at no cost. Annually, the WHA Program provides servicesto over 1,000 women. “Overseeing this Program hasgiven me an insight into women’s lives and their need for screenings andtreatment. No woman should have to gowithout regular screenings or be uneducated in taking care of themselves. It was an honor to attend the Avon Foundation Breast CancerForum. The knowledge that was shared bysome of the nation’s leading breast cancer experts is invaluable, ” saysBroyles. To view a videorecap of the 2012 AvonFoundation Breast Cancer Forum, please click here. 2012 RacialDisparity in Breast Cancer Mortality Study The 2012Racial Disparity in Breast Cancer Mortality Study found that 21 of the 25* largest U.S.cities have a black: white disparity inbreast cancer mortality, 13 of which are statistically significant. Thestudy, conducted by SinaiUrban Health Institute, fundedby the Avon Foundation for Women and published in Cancer Epidemiology, is the first national study to examine theracial disparity in breast cancer mortality at the city level in the UnitedStates. The researchers analyzed breast cancer deaths reported between2005-2007 against seven societal risk factors, including race,poverty level and racial residential segregation. The authors conclude thatsocietal issues such as poverty and racial inequities cause most of thedisparity and genetic factors comprise a very small portion of the disparity. The black: white disparity reflectsthe difference between the Non-Hispanic White and Non-Hispanic Black breastcancer mortality rates in the cities analyzed. In some cities, such as Detroit, where the whiteand black breast cancer mortality rates are both high, practically no disparityexists. If the disparity ratio is more than 1, then the black rate is higher; ifthe ratio is less than 1, then the white rate is higher. The number of excessdeaths is a function of two factors: the size of the disparity and the size ofthe population of the city. Thus, although New York City has a very small disparity, the number of excess deaths from this disparity is 70 because of thelarge population size. Chicagois much smaller than New York City,but its disparity is much larger, resulting in a similar number ofexcess deaths . Study Key Findings ·21 of the 25 largest U.S. cities have a black: white disparity in breast cancer mortality ·13 cities have a statistically significantdisparity : New YorkCity, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Dallas,Jacksonville, Columbus, Memphis, Seattle, Boston and Denver ·More than one black woman a week dies needlesslyin both Chicago and New York because of the racial disparity ·Memphis has the highestdisparity of the 25 largest cities ·San Francisco has the smallestdisparity of the 25 largest cities Avon Foundation Efforts To End Breast Cancer Across the United States, the Avon FoundationBreast Cancer Crusade has donated nearly $445 million to beneficiariesranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast healthprograms to support breast cancer research and access to care. Avon raises funds for the Crusade through thesale of Avon “PinkRibbon” products and events such as the Avon Walk forBreast Cancer series, which is the Foundation’s largest fund-raising source. “For 20 years the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s mission has been to ensureall women, regardless of their race, income level and ability to pay, haveaccess to the best quality breast health care. Although we have made much progressin this mission, the results of the 2012 Racial Disparity in Breast CancerMortality Study demonstratethat we still have much more work to do. Access to quality care is a matter oflife or death for far too many U.S.women and the Avon BreastCancer Crusade will persevere until all women have access to the advances madepossible by improved breast cancer screening and treatment,” said Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., executive directorof the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. To view the multimedia news release, please visit: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/52895-avon-foundation-breast-cancer-forum-racial-disparity-mortality-study. About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which commemorates its 20thanniversary in 2012, has placed Avon at the forefront of the fight againstbreast cancer; today, Avon is the leadingcorporate supporter of the cause globally. In the 20 years since the Crusade’slaunch, Avon breast cancer programs in 58countries have donated more than $740 million for research and advancing accessto care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Avonawards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers tocommunity-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancerresearch and access to care. The Crusade has enabled more than 17 million womenglobally to receive free mammograms and breast cancer screenings, educated morethan 100 million women about breast cancer, and funded promising research intothe causes of breast cancer and ways to prevent the disease. Avon raises fundsfor the Crusade through the sale of Avon “PinkRibbon” products, and through events such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, whichis the Foundation’s largest fund-raising source. TheAvon Foundation for Women thanks Avon BreastCancer Forum Presenting Sponsor, Eisai Inc. and SupportingSponsors Genomic Health and ImpediMed, Inc. Follow theAvon Foundation for Women on Facebook and Twitter .