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¡VIDA! The Fifth Annual Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference was held on Oct. 2 at the El Pueblo Community Center. The conference, initiated by Ana María López, MD, MPH, associate dean of outreach and multicultural affairs and professor of medicine and pathology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center, hosted more than 200 participants.
During this year’s conference, El Pueblo Senior Center, the conference host for the last five years, surprised the attendants by revealing the breast cancer quilt. Maria Cardenas, El Pueblo Senior Group coordinator presented the quilt to Vida! the Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference and to The University of Arizona Cancer Center in gratitude for the education provided to their community. The quilt was designed and assembled by members of El Pueblo Senior Group and is a great demonstration of the community’s appreciation for health education.
The conference is a free bilingual Spanish/English educational event on breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The sessions included discussions on: What is Breast Cancer?, Physical Activity and Breast Cancer, Body Image and Breast Cancer Pain. The presenters were: Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, Robin Memel Fox, MA, ADTR, LPC, Guillermina Contreras-Arriola, MA, Psychotherapist and Juan Miguel Jimenez-Andrade, PhD respectively. A panel of Latina breast cancer survivors shared their experiences and community health agencies provided educational materials to all participants.
The conference was sponsored by the Southern Arizona Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the cure.
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