Breast Health Seminar Coming to Norwalk Hospital

Western Connecticut Health Network
Pay it Forward: African-American Women Share Their Experiences to Help Others in Our Community

NORWALK, Connecticut – Sept. 27, 2016 – Norwalk Hospital will host a free seminar focused on breast health issues pertaining to African-American women on Thursday, October 27. Registration is required. The evening’s emphasis will be to empower attendees to understand the issues, and to seek proper care to promote breast health practices. Attendees will learn about health disparity data and research pertaining to African-American women and ways to improve health behaviors and outcomes for preventing and treating breast cancer.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, African-American women have the highest breast cancer mortality overall. And, African-American women are often diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer when treatment options are limited.

“Knowledge is power and we’re here to help educate women on breast health issues, particularly females in the African-American community,” said Mary Heery, APRN, Breast Health Specialist, Smilow Family Breast Health Center.

Guest speakers include breast cancer survivor Angela Sijuwade, Mary Heery, APRN, Breast Health Specialist, Smilow Family Breast Health Center, and Zarek Mena, Certified Patient Navigator. Attendees will be invited to participate in discussions.

Mammography screening is important for all women, regardless of their race/ethnicity or their risk of breast cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.

Breast cancer disparities for African-American women are startling. CDC data shows that in 2013 (the most recent year for which numbers have been reported) black women were more likely to die of breast cancer than any other group.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, Oct. 27th
Time: 6 pm – 7 pm
Location: Perkin Auditorium, Norwalk Hospital

Introduction: Mildred Gonzales, CancerCare

Members from Break the Silence Sisters
Mary Heery, APRN, Breast Health Specialist, Smilow Family Breast Health Center
Zarek Mena, Certified Patient Navigator

RSVP required: Zarek Mena 203.852.2300
Join us for this important night of education and information. This seminar is open to everyone in the community. It is one of many WCHN-sponsored Breast Cancer Month events. For a complete list of WCHN-sponsored Breast Cancer Awareness Month events, visit