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Starting the New Year off Right; Celebrating Life and Survivorship with Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project

PHILADELPHIA (January 19, 2004) -- The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project's Sisters in Touch breast cancer awareness program and Fox Chase Cancer Center welcomed breast cancer survivors, their family and friends to the First Annual Winter Survivor Symposium and Luncheon on January 3, 2004. Gathering in the Temple University student faculty center on Broad Street, over 75 phenomenal women and their loved ones celebrated their life and survivorship.

Speakers such as CBS 3 news anchor Denise Saunders; Jennifer Leith, grant education coordinator at the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and 17 year breast cancer survivor and founder of the Sisters in touch program, Janet Cash encouraged women to do something different in 2004. Whether that meant taking a more active role in their own personal health or empowering others with words of survivorship and hope.

As announced for the first time at the luncheon, Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project have partnered to "establish a community based program for cancer education related to primary and secondary prevention of cancer in the Philadelphia African American community." Partnerships such as this, help identify the needs of community members and gives them the opportunity to get involved.

Keeping the theme, Wallace Young, director of the community outreach program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, "charged [women] with the responsibility of going back into the community and educating others." Young continued to emphasize the importance of communication with an old saying, "[that says] it takes a village to raise a child, to that I say it takes a community to beat cancer."

The PBWHP and Fox Chase will hold another symposium and luncheon on April 10, 2004 on the Fox Chase campus. More specific information will follow shortly.

The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project 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. If you are interested in learning more about the services offered by Sisters in Touch, contact the main office 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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