By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 11th annual Komen Philadelphia Sisters for The Cure Breast Health Education and Celebration took place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Saturday.
About 2,000 African-American woman attended the event to learn about breast cancer.
“When you compare Caucasian women to African-American women the incidence in white women is higher,” says Susan G. Komen CEO Elaine Groban. “But in African-American women the incident might be lower, but it’s found later because of lack of the proper education, information and care.”
Groban, CEO of Susan G. Komen Philadelphia says the issue of breast cancer can be quite scary:
“Fear really stops women in their tracks,” she says. “Also, they may not have insurance. That’s where Komen fits in.”
Groban says the goal of the event was to educate women about breast health and preventative measures, and to help them navigate through the healthcare system.
“If you have a history — a mother, a sister, a close family relative, you need to share that with your doctor,” she says, “and you may need to get that mammogram earlier.”
Groban says women at this event were able to register for a free mammogram.
“Early detection saves lives,” she says, “So know your own body and seek the proper medical help.”