National African American Breast Cancer Conference in Detroit

October 05, 2016

Henry Ford Sponsors National African American Breast Cancer Conference in Detroit

DETROIT – Henry Ford’s Breast Cancer Center is the title sponsor for the Sisters Network 15th Annual National African American Breast Cancer Conference in Detroit, being held Friday, Oct. 21 – Sunday, Oct. 23 at Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.

Taking place during National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the three-day national conference will offer patients and their families, community members and healthcare providers information about the latest advancements in breast cancer research, treatment and support.

Plenary sessions and workshops at the conference will cover topics such as triple negative and metastatic breast cancer, breast reconstruction, treatment options, clinical trials, and life after breast cancer.

Several sessions will be led by Henry Ford breast cancer experts, including:

  • Management of Metastatic Breast Cancer with Haythem Ali, M.D.
  • Living with Lymphedema & Breast Cancer Patient Education Act with Dunya Atisha, M.D.
  • Breast Health Matters, Conference Keynote Address with Lisa Newman, M.D.
  • What Teens Need to Know about Breast Cancer with Earlexia Norwood, M.D., and Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., who has worked in private practice, for the U.S. Public Health Service, and was the first African American woman to be appointed dean of a U.S. medical school
  • Breast Cancer Survivor Issues with Erica Proctor, M.D.
  • Coping with the Fear of Recurrence with Michael E. Ryan
  • Fertility Preservation for Breast Cancer Patients with Monique Swain, M.D.
  • Integrative Medicine and Exercise Programs with Eleanor Walker, M.D.

The conference officially kicks off Friday, Oct 21 with an opening reception and presentation entitled, “Why Breast Health Matters.” Later that evening, attendees are invited to attend a reception at the Detroit Marriott, featuring special guest Ezekiel Nana "Ziggy" Ansah from the Detroit Lions.

Lisa A. Newman, M.D., director of the Breast Cancer Center at Henry Ford and the Honorary Conference Co-Chair, says a national conference of this caliber in Detroit is incredibly important because it “brings together women in the community with breast cancer experts to learn first-hand about their risk, the importance of earlier detection and the vast treatment options available to them.”

“African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages and with more aggressive forms of the disease such as triple negative breast cancer, making this conference a significant step in raising awareness among the women in our city," says Dr. Newman, who also serves as the medical director for the International Center for the Study of Breast cancer Subtypes at Henry Ford.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women, according to the American Cancer Society. The incidence of breast cancer among women under 45 is higher for African American women compared to white women.

“It’s time for black women to wake up and take ownership of their health and be a part of the movement for change, Breast Health Matters,” said Karen E. Jackson, Founder/CEO, Sisters Network Inc. “The goal of our national conference in Detroit is to not only be informative, but to also serve as call to action for African American women from around the nation to put their health first.”

Sisters Network Inc. is the only national African American breast cancer survivor-run organization in the U.S., with chapters across the country, including Detroit.

Honorary Conference Chairs are Dr. Newman and Vernice Davis-Anthony, BSN, MPH, CEO, VDA Health Connect. Conference Chair is Karen E. Jackson, Founder/CEO, Sisters Network Inc. and Co-Chair, Mary Waters, President, Sisters Network Greater Metropolitan Detroit Chapter.

Registration is $150 in advance or $200 at the door. To register, visit Sisters Network Inc. or call 1-866-781-1808.

Learn more about Henry Ford’s Breast Cancer Center.

For more information about Sisters Network Inc., visit

Krista Hopson Boyer