HOUSTON, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sisters Network® Inc. (SNI) is heading to Detroit, Michigan to host the 15th Annual National African American Breast Cancer Conference. The three-day conference themed, "Awareness to Change" will be held on October 21-23, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. Sisters Network is the only national African American breast cancer survivor-run organization in the United States.
Honorary Conference Chairs are Lisa A. Newman, M.D., MPH, FACS, FASCO. Director, Breast Oncology Program, Henry Ford Health System and Vernice Davis-Anthony, BSN, MPH, CEO, VDA Health Connect. Conference Chair is Karen E. Jackson, Founder/CEO, Sisters Network Inc. and Co-Chair, Mary Waters, President, Sisters Network Greater Metropolitan Detroit Chapter. Conference Title Sponsor is Henry Ford Health System.
The 3-day national conference hosted during National Breast Cancer Awareness month kicks-off with a surprise celebrity guest and a special presentation on Why Breast Health Matters. Plenary sessions, workshops focusing on triple negative and Metastatic breast cancer, breast reconstruction, treatment, clinical trials, and life after breast cancer are just a few offered. Registration is $150.00 and on-site registration is $200.00. Breast cancer survivors, clinicians, and the community may register at www.sistersnetworkinc.org or call 1-866-781-1808.
Members of Sisters Network national team will head to Detroit for a series of strategy planning meetings on May 24-25 with Detroit medical and community leaders.
"It's time for black women to wake up and take ownership of their health and be a part of the movement for change, Breast Health Matters," said Karen E. Jackson, Founder/CEO, Sisters Network Inc. "The goal of our national conference in Detroit is to not only be informative, but to also serve as call to action for African American women from around the nation to put their health first."
Black women have the highest breast cancer death rate of any racial/ethnic group. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women according to the latest data from the American Cancer Society. The incidence of breast cancer among women under 45 is higher for African American women compared to white women.
"As a breast cancer survivor and former Michigan legislator, I know first-hand that Detroit, one of America's poorest cities, is ground zero in our fight to stop the silent suffering and deaths of African American women from breast cancer," said Mary Waters, President, Sisters Network Greater Metropolitan Detroit Chapter. "Poverty and systemic issues are roadblocks to early detection that saves lives which is why I am elated that Detroit was selected as the host city for Sisters Network Annual National African American Conference," added Waters.
Register now at www.sistersnetworkinc.org or call 1-866-781-1808.
ABOUT SISTERS NETWORK® INC.
Sisters Network® Inc. founded in 1994 by two-time breast cancer survivor Karen E. Jackson, is a leading voice and only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. Sisters Network is governed by an elected Board of Directors and assisted by an appointed medical advisory committee. Membership includes over 40 survivor- run affiliate chapters in 22 states nationwide. The organization's purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women around the country.
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