The local ¡VIDA! Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference will feature new workshops on the U.S. Affordable Care Act, adolescent health, nutrition and wellness, patient navigation and an extensive educational program on breast health delivered in both Spanish and English.
The free, public event is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Herbert K. Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road. A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served.
The annual conference was founded and directed by Dr. Ana María López, a professor of medicine and pathology and medical director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Cancer Center.
The goal is to bring free, bilingual breast health information to the community. Although the incidence of breast cancer in Latinas appears to be lower than in non-Latinas in the United States, the rate appears to be increasing. Worldwide, breast cancer has surpassed cervical cancer as the number one cancer killer of women.
Latinas have overall poorer outcomes from breast cancer. This may be related to multiple factors, including lack of screening, delay in presentation, fear, lack of health insurance, limited English proficiency and distrust of the health care system. Other social factors, such as lack of transportation, inability to take time off from work, and lack of childcare or elder care may contribute as well.