BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will co-sponsor a
free breast cancer awareness walk and a wellness event providing
free mammograms and health information from health care providers
on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Masten Park.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the 1.6 mile walk in
Masten Park, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the Best Street
The wellness event will begin at 11 a.m. Participants with
prescriptions are eligible for free onsite mammograms by calling
WNY Breast Health at 1-855-464-7465. Free services are available
for the uninsured. Those who cannot be screened on Oct. 13 will be
provided with an alternate appointment.
According to UB family medicine professor Laurene
Tumiel-Berhalter, providers are committed to making sure that both
the walk and the event are free in order to ensure the highest
possible participation rate. "This is an event we are holding to
educate people on the East Side about breast cancer and to screen
them for it."
-- Among African-American women, breast cancer is the most
common cancer and the second most common cause of death;
-- African-American women have a higher incidence rate of breast
cancer before age 40 and are more likely to die from it at every
age than are non-Hispanic and white women;
-- While mortality rates decreased for white breast cancer
patients from 1975 to 2003, they actually increased for
Additional screenings will take place throughout the fall when
the WNY Breast Health Mobile Mammography Unit will be stationed in
front of UBMD Family Medicine at Jefferson and UBMD Gynecology
Obstetrics, 1315 Jefferson Ave. in Buffalo.
The event is being held by the Patient Voices Network, a patient
empowerment partnership between the University at Buffalo
Department of Family Medicine, and patients from UBMD Family
Medicine at Jefferson and Jericho Road Family Practice.
Press arrangements: Ellen Goldbaum at email@example.com or
716-645-4605, and Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, UB professor of family
medicine, at 716-868-3578, onsite.