Newswise — CHICAGO (October 21, 2021):  African-American women have the highest mortality rate of all women with breast cancer. A significant number of African-American women present at an earlier age of diagnosis as well as with more advanced stage of the disease.  Five physicians will discuss barriers in access to screening and treatment, current recommendations for screening including risk-assessment models, modalities, and frequencies recommended for African-American women, and the impact of and strategies to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment in this population.

WHAT: A live press briefing featuring a panel of nationally recognized experts will follow their presentation “Improving Breast Cancer Outcomes in Black Women: Time for a Change” at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) annual ACS Clinical Congress being held virtually (October 23–27). 

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 11 a.m. (EDT)

WHERE: Newswise platform

DETAILS:  This follow-up session for the press will include a summary and discussion of the panel presentation, along with a Q&A for reporters. Reporters are encouraged to view the panel session (click here) before attending this virtual live press briefing. 

Expert Panel includes:

  • Lisa Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, director of the breast program for the Weill Cornell Medicine-NewYork Presbyterian Hospital Network 
  • Anita T. Johnson, MD, FACS, CTCA breast cancer program director
  • Oluwadamilola Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS, FACS, chief of breast surgery and surgical director of Rena Rowan Breast Center
  • Tuya Pal, MD, associate director for cancer health disparities, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, professor of medicine, professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Debra Monticciolo, MD, president of the American College of Radiology and vice chair of the department of radiology (for research) and section chief of breast imaging at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple in Texas

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