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Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project offers Symposium on Breast Cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (March 14, 2003) — The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project (PBWHP) and Fox Chase Cancer Center invite you to attend Empowering Ourselves: Tools to Reduce Breast Cancer Disparities in the Black Community on Saturday, April 12th from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Fox Chase Cancer Center. This is an interactive symposium offered to women in the community at no cost and lunch will be provided.

During the symposium experts from Fox Chase Cancer Center, Theta Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., the American Cancer Society, Fox Chase-Temple Cancer Center and the Cancer Information Service will discuss topics such as breast cancer risk assessment programs, health education and overcoming personal barriers to medical treatment.

Karen Fitchette-Gordon, the Executive Director of the PBWHP said, "This is an important event for women to attend. To save lives, we need to be educated. This is one step in ensuring that women find out what they need to know about breast cancer."

A Panel Discussion: Next Steps: Tools for Reducing Breast Cancer Disparities as a Community and as Individuals will allow audience participation and promote ideas for reaching others in the community with important health information.

The Fox Chase Cancer Center Mobile mammography van will also be available to offer mammograms. Pre-registration is required.

The PBWHP offers many programs focusing on improving the health of Black Women. Its Sisters In Touch Program was one of the first programs in Philadelphia to focus on providing early detection and breast health education services to Black women.

For more information and to register please call the Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project at 215-232-1115.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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