CommonHealth ACTION Hosts Breast Health Discussions in Washington, DC Region

Press Room


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday March 24, 2015
Contact Info: Chanel Barnes-Osula, MA, MHS, healthywomen@commonhealthaction.org,
202-407-7088 xt. 1056

CommonHealth ACTION Hosts Breast Health Discussions in Washington, DC Region


(Washington, DC) Today CommonHealth ACTION begins work conducting research for the Susan G. Komen® updated National Capital Region Community Profile. Washington, DC has the highest breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in the United States. The breast cancer incidence rate is 20% higher and mortality rate is nearly 40% higher in Washington, DC compared to the national average. The region also has one of the highest incidence rates of late-stage breast cancer and women of color experience the highest rates of breast cancer mortality.

In April 2015, CommonHealth ACTION will conduct discussion groups with female residents of Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA to gather information on breast cancer education, outreach, screening, treatment and support services. Community residents who identify as female, are 20-64 years old, and live in Washington, DC (Wards 2, 5, 7 or 8) or Alexandria, VA, will be offered a platform to reflect on their experiences or any challenges they have encountered in the Washington, DC region.

Through CommonHealth ACTION's support of the 2015 update of the National Capital Region Community Profile, Susan G Komen® will supply new data, identify trends and themes, and illuminate the challenges and opportunities of females living in the Washington, DC region to improve breast health and cancer programs and services. The National Capital Region Community Profile will be made available to healthcare providers, communities, researchers, and other stakeholders in late 2015.

For more information, please click here to view the attached flyer or contact us at healthywomen@commonhealthaction.org. If you are interested in participating in the discussion groups, please click on the survey link to determine your eligibility. To register by phone, call Chanel Barnes-Osula at 202-407-7088 ext. 1056.
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