Lazos Que Perduran
A program of Susan G. Komen® Inland Empire
- One in eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, and every 13 minutes a woman dies from breast cancer in the U.S.
- When it comes to Hispanic/Latina women, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer incidence and deaths in the U.S.
- An estimated 17,100 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in Hispanic/Latina women in the U.S. in 2012, the latest year available; and 2,400 were expected to die of the disease.
- Latinas are less likely to have a regular screening and get prompt follow-up for an abnormal mammogram which is why Komen is committed to conducting education and outreach in Hispanic communities in the Coachella Valley.
- Hispanic/Latina women tend to be diagnosed with more advanced breast cancers than non-Hispanic White women.
- In the Inland Empire, the communities of Medical Service Study Area (MSSA) 128, which includes Arabia, Coachella, Desert Beach, Flowing Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Mecca, Oasis, and Thermal, is the largest population of linguistically isolated people in the Komen IE service area. In addition, nearly 30 percent of residents are living in poverty, lack health insurance and are medically underserved.
Our Commitment to Hispanic/Latina Women
Beginning fall 2015, Susan G. Komen® Inland Empire is announcing the launch of a new program, Lazos Que Perduran, to address breast health disparities among Hispanic/Latina women in the Coachella Valley region of the Affiliate’s service area. According to the Affiliate’s 2015 Community Profile, Hispanic/Latina women residing in MSSA 128 are significant risk for breast health disparities. Komen IE wants to empower Hispanic/Latina women with knowledge, potentially life-saving screening methods and other healthy lifestyle messages. In addition, Komen IE seeks to enhance new and existing programs and services directed at improving breast health needs of specific communities.
Lazos Que Perduran aims to reach 1,500 Hispanic/Latina women through education and outreach in 2016. Through the identification of partnerships and opportunities, we will address barriers to accessing breast health care, such as transportation and financial assistance. In addition, the Affiliate plans to increase access to culturally competent survivorship programs and patient navigation to enhance the quality of care and survivorship long-term.
About Susan G. Komen® Inland Empire
The Inland Empire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen—along with those who generously support us with their talent, time and resources—is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. We join more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure®, the Affiliate has invested more than $6.5 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness services and programs throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen Inland Empire Affiliate stay in the Inland Empire while the remaining income goes to the Susan G. Komen® Research & Training Grants Program supporting research, awards and educational and scientific programs around the world. To date, Komen IE has invested more than $2.3 million in this program. Join us by calling the Komen Inland Empire Affiliate at 951-676-7465 or connect on Facebook and Twitter.