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Breast cancer summit focuses on African American women

The Breast Health Summit will be held at the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids this March, and the focus is on how African American women have a higher risk of dying from breast cancer but a lower incident rate, according to The Gazette.

The summit will share information about breast cancer to any women who are willing to attend. It is designed to build a relationship between women and health providers, along with educating people about treatments and screenings, according to the news source.

There are many breast cancer organizations that are helping with this cause and summit, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Cancer Society and Multicultural Health at the Iowa Department of Public Health, the media outlet reports.

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is recommended that once a woman turns 40, she receives annual mammograms to check for breast cancer. Those who have a family history of the disease may want to schedule these appointments earlier, as a genetic disposition is a known risk factor. 
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