2012 Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum
More than 300 Avon Foundation funded Breast Cancer Community Health Educators, Patient Navigators, Nurses, and Physicians Gather from Across the Country
New York, N.Y., Millennium Broadway Hotel (March 21 - 23, 2012) — This year's Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum focused on programs exploring how to overcome racial disparities in breast cancer care and treatment, as well as how to ensure access to breast cancer early-detection programs and treatment. At the Forum, the Avon Foundation released a study that showed nearly five black women die needlessly per day from breast cancer in the United States a total of 1,722 deaths annually.
More than 300 community health educators, patient navigators, nurses, and physicians from all 50 states attended the Forum. Participants form a network of Avon Foundation-funded programs the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP), Avon Safety Net Hospitals, Avon Centers of Excellence and researchers. Collectively this group has educated more than 11 million women and men about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, linked nearly 2.7 million women to mammography screening, and helped thousands of breast cancer patients navigate through treatment.
Also at the Forum, the Avon Foundation announced its first class of Avon Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars. Twenty-five breast cancer specialists from 14 countries will begin training preceptorships at one of 13 leading Avon Foundation-funded U.S. breast cancer centers in September 2012, with the goal of bringing new skills and information to their home countries that will improve the treatment and care of breast cancer patients.
The Avon Foundation for Women thanks the Breast Cancer Forum sponsors: