Women’s Empowerment Conference to be Held on October 8 in Georgetown
Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
GEORGETOWN, DE (August 24, 2016) – The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) in conjunction with the Women of Wellness, LLC, is proud to announce the Total Woman’s Conference: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman to be held on Saturday, October 8 at the Delaware Technical Community College Campus in Georgetown from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This free, educational conference will offer women an overview on what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on breast health, nutrition, exercise, financial fitness and stress management. The program will include informative workshops, lunch, and free health screenings for participants.
The Total Woman’s Conference is one component of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Wise and Well program. Nationally, African Americans have higher cancer mortality rates than any other race. The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s outreach efforts are focused on breaking down racial disparities in screening and mortality to improve these statistics. In the last year, approximately, 47 African American women who were newly diagnosed or experiencing a recurrence of breast cancer received support services from the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The Delaware Cancer Consortium’s July 2016 report indicates that mortality rates among African Americans have dropped nearly 22 percent over the last decade.
“To continue to provide break down barriers to treatment, care and information, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is committed to running programs that are designed to meet the needs of the populations we serve,” said Migdalia Garduno, Bilingual Outreach and Screening Coordinator for the Coalition. “Women who might be at risk for breast cancer can learn ways to decrease their risk at the Wise and Well conferences and also walk away with some tips to live a healthier lifestyle.”
Research suggests that having a condition like diabetes, in addition to breast cancer, increases the risk of dying from the disease. 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.
“Women of Wellness, LLC is excited to again partner with the DBCC to empower women of color to take ownership of their health in a holistic way through this component of the Wise and Well program,” stated Kanani Hines of Women of Wellness, LLC.
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.