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ETX women gather for free breast health summit

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

On Saturday, hundreds of East Texas women gathered to learn more about breast cancer through a free breast health summit.

The event is held by the East Texas Medical Center's, "Pin-A-Sister".

The campaign talks about breast health for African American women.

According to the Pin-A-Sister brochure, twice as many African American women who have breast cancer die from the disease as white women.

"We get it less frequently but the death rate is higher, and a lot of that is due to late diagnosis," said Regina Davis, Director of the Breast Care Center and Cancer Institute at ETMC.

Davis explains how a Susan G. Komen study revealed the facts.

"The zip code 75702 had a high rate in late diagnosis of breast cancer, and one of those reasons was the fact that people were not getting their screening mammogram. There is a high percentage of African American women that live in that zip code." 

The seats were filled with women who were eager to learn more about the disease, and how to live healthier lifestyles.

"Everyone is coming together, and building love within the community. They are sharing what they've been through with breast cancer, and making everyone aware that you can be a survivor from breast cancer," said Laquesha McQuay, a Pin-A-Sister member. "It's giving hope to the other women."

Guest speaker Coqueace "Koko" Powell gave her testimony at the event, on how she beat breast cancer.

Powell was one of many survivors at the event.

"It makes you look around the room, and see all these people actually survived breast cancer," said McQuay. "It opens your eyes to see that it's not a death sentence. You can still live and have hope."

Women that attended the event were given breast cancer ribbon bags filled with pamphlets on breast cancer awareness and early detection.

Early detection was the main point of the event.

"Go to the doctor early when you first detect anything you know is abnormal in your body," said McQuay. "Go in, and get that checked out. Don't just wait and allow it to linger."

If you would like to learn more about Pin-A-Sister, or if you want to join the group, click here.

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