¡VIDA! The Ninth Annual Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference is Oct. 18

Ana María López, MD, MPH
Ana María López, MD, MPH

¡VIDA! The Ninth Annual Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference will be held at the El Pueblo Community Center, located at 101 W. Irvington Road. The conference features new workshops on navigating the Affordable Care Act, young breast cancer survivorship, diet and wellness, patient-directed care, and an extensive educational program on breast health delivered in both Spanish and English.

In collaboration with the Arizona Telemedicine Program, Hope Matters Breast Cancer Foundation, Mariposa Community Health Center, the US-Mexico Border Health Commission, and Susan G. Komen of Southern Arizona, the event hopes to bring together breast cancer survivors as well as all Latinas interested in learning more about breast health and breast cancer.

• ¡VIDA! The Ninth Annual Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference
• Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• El Pueblo Community Center – 101 W Irvington Road, Tucson AZ, 85714
• Free admission, complimentary breakfast, lunch, and entertainment.
• Advanced registration suggested at http://vida.arizona.edu, by phone at (520) 626-9103, or by email at aperino@email.arizona.edu.

The conference, founded and directed by Ana María López, MD, MPH, 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, has as its goal “to bring free bilingual breast health information to the Latino community,” says Dr. López. 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 No. 1 cancer killer of women.

Latinas have overall poorer outcomes from breast cancer. This may be related to multiple factors, many of which are present simultaneously: lack of screening, delay in presentation, fear, lack of health insurance, limited English proficiency, distrust of the health care system, lack of awareness of personal risk for breast cancer, and fatalistic attitudes towards illness. 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.

The conference hopes to emphasize risk awareness and early diagnosis as a means to improve survivorship, says Dr. López, “Patients want to preserve their own health, want to preserve their family’s health, and want to preserve their community’s health. We must provide patients with the tools to support these goals.” 

The Conference is supported by the UA Cancer Center and the Arizona Telemedicine Program.

- Aug. 6, 2014