A national foundation will host focus group discussions in Joliet in an effort to improve breast cancer outcomes among black women.
The discussions are part of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s African American Health Equity Initiative to collect information about racial disparities among breast cancer patients, according to a news release.
The project aims to gather information in the 12 metropolitan areas with the highest breast cancer disparities, including the Chicago area, neighboring Lake County, Indiana, and particularly Will and Cook counties.
The discussion sessions in Will County are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Nowell Park Recreation Center, 199 Mills Road, Joliet.
The focus group discussions will be held for “African American women who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer” and “African American women who are breast cancer survivors,” according to the release.
Those interested can sign up for either session by calling 833-948-1250.
The initiative’s ultimate goal is to improve breast cancer outcomes among black women by 25% in five years within metro areas with the greatest current disparities.
African American women are about 40% more likely than white women to die of breast cancer in the U.S., according to the foundation.
The public health organization John Snow is helping gather information.
For information about the Komen’s African American Health Equity Initiative, visit its website at ww5.komen/org/AAHealthEquity.