The Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium (MBCC) and Center for Transforming Communities will host the Power of Pink Community Health Fair on October 8 at the Connect Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The theme for the free breast cancer awareness event is “Educate. Empower. Equip.” Attendees will be introduced to an array of resources available in Memphis and Shelby County to reduce breast cancer and save lives.
The Connect Center is located at 1635 Georgian Dr.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In Shelby County, about 132 per 100,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer yearly. Black women are almost twice as likely to die from breast cancer compared to white women.
Early detection greatly increases chances for survival. Innovations in treatment, as well as an increase in organizations that provide support to those battling breast cancer, have aided also in the fight.
“A breast cancer diagnosis isn’t an automatic death sentence,” said MBCC Program Director, Dr. Fedoria Rugless, PhD, CCRP.
“Treatment and recovery can be a long, hard road, and having a knowledgeable and capable team of medical professionals, community resources, and a support system helps to make the journey easier.
“We have assembled community partners to provide tools, resources, and information to support your well-being. We encourage those battling breast cancer, survivors, and their friends, family, and caregivers to attend.”
The Power of Pink is presented in collaboration with My Sister’s Keeper, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, Baptist Women’s Health Center, Inc., Frayser Community Development Corporation, American Cancer Society, The Chiro Place, Healthy Families Tennessee, Healthy Families, Carin’ & Sharin’ Breast Cancer Support Group, Memphis & Shelby County Health Department, Tennessee Breast & Cervical Screening Program, and the Phi Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
(To learn more, visit www.mbcc.live or call 901-300-6459.)