Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon Georgette Oni is hosting ‘Let’s Talk About… Black Women and Breast Cancer’ at King’s College London on 26 October, 2019. She shares why this event is so important for raising awareness.
BAME women are less likely to attend breast screenings, but are also often affected at an earlier age. They may have a delayed presentation for treatment and be at a more advanced stage at diagnosis — all of which can have an effect on their chances of survival.
As a doctor and woman of colour myself, I believe there are parts to this issue for scientists to figure out — but just as importantly, there are parts that we as a community can do to raise awareness.
All the women involved in putting this event together are BAME women, who are either patient and health awareness advocates or health professionals. We hope that this initiative will add to a bigger picture of the disparity for women of colour in healthcare and hopefully filter down into the community.
We’re fortunate to have an amazing group of speakers who are not only going to cover general breast health, but will address some of the issues that those who are going through or who have been through their breast cancer treatment have experienced. We hope that by sharing experiences we can use them to help BAME women in the future.
If this event encourages BAME women to be breast-aware, meet others going through what they are going through, or causes a health professional to think differently about their approaches to treatment for women of colour, then we will have accomplished what we set out to do.
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