Total Woman’s Conference to be Held on October 24 in Wilmington
Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
WILMINGTON, DE (October 16, 2015) – The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) in conjunction with the Women of Wellness, LLC, are proud to announce the Total Woman’s Conference: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman to be held on Saturday, October 24th at the Wilmington Library from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This free, educational conference for women will present information and interactive sessions on what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on breast health, nutrition, exercise, financial fitness, stress management, and transformation. The program will include dynamic workshops, lunch, and giveaways for participants.
The Total Woman’s Conference is one component of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s new Wise and Well program which is funded by Highmark Delaware. “We know that nationally, African American women have the highest death rates from breast cancer of all of the racial groups and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women so we wanted to implement a program to decrease those statistics and break down barriers to viable treatments in Delaware,” said Chadeia Mitchell, Education and Outreach Director for New Castle County for the Coalition. “Medical research indicates that comorbidities increase the risk of dying from disease. Many women face a barrier to finding systems to cope with comorbidities. Our program is designed to teach easy to replicate methods to treat comorbidities and reduce risks for breast cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, among other health concerns.”
Research suggests that having a condition like diabetes, in addition to breast cancer, increases the risk of dying from the disease. Studies also show that black women have a higher incidence of diabetes and other comorbidities such as hypertension that reduce survivorship. Adopting healthy lifestyle choices like exercise, balanced eating, and stress management can substantially decrease a woman’s chance of developing comorbidities and reduce a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. The Wise and Well Wellness Tour is slated to begin later this year and will implement many of the programs from the Total Woman’s Conference across the state of Delaware.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.
Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes or those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care.
DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s advocacy efforts to end breast cancer. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.
For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at http://www.debreastcancer.org.