Breast Cancer and Black Women - Taking Control

Meeting ID: 4680330171 - Password: 574090

30 Oct-2020

Breast Cancer and Black Women - Taking Control

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"Black women at greater breast cancer risk," This was the headline of the Daily Telegraph (UK) on 13 October 2013.  The warning followed a UK study that found that young black women (under 41 years of age) had worse breast cancer outcomes compared with young white women.  The study confirmed previous research that showed that black women tend to have more aggressive tumours. 

Move forward to 2020 and whilst there has been some progress in terms of awareness such as Breast Cancer Month UK in October, black women are least likely to get breast cancer, but when it is diagnosed it is normally at a later stage and they are more likely to die as a result.  

Breast Cancer and Black Women Taking Control event is about the importance of early detection, why attending breast screening is vital, regular breast self examination and signs and symptoms of breast cancer.  

DR GEORGETT ONI  (MBChB, MRCS, MD, PhD, FRCS Plast, FEBS) is one of a handful of qualified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons in the UK who is dual trained also in breast cancer surgery and is highly skilled in all types of breast surgery including reconstruction.  She is also one of the prestigious national Oncoplastic Breast Fellows and a Consultant at Nottingham Breast Institute, which is one of the leading units for breast surgery in the country.  Dr Oni offers the full range of breast procedures (male and female) including cosmetic, oncoplastic, all the way through to microvascular free flap breast reconstruction. Her PhD research was conducted in the world-renowned plastic surgery unit at UT Southwestern in Dallas, and she has authored over 50 publications, had numerous international presentations and co-authored a book chapter on breast reconstruction. She is a member of BAPRAS, ABS, and BAAPS.

DR HENNA ANWAR qualified as a Medical Doctor (MBChB) in 2010, before studying Medicine Physiology BSc(Hons) and MMedSci Human Nutrition. She has also completed the Foundation Training and Core Medical Training.  Having changed from Hospital Medicine to General Practice in 2017  Dr Anwar now works as a GP Registrar in Halifax. Alongside her GP training she is doing a diploma for practitioners with Special Interest in Cardiology.  Her interest in discussing and highlighting the health inequalities faced by South Asian, Black and Ethnic Minority populations, Dr Anwar volunteers as a radio presenter for a community radio station Radio Sangam. Her show discusses women's issues and also topics that she feels are not discussed enough with the community - such as Mental Health and Cancer. Her TV appearances include a few episodes of GPs: Behind Closed Doors and she has also done interviews for news features including, Sky News, BBC Breakfast, ITV Look North and RT News.

NATASHA ANDERSON was the third woman in her family to be diagnosed with breast cancer in three consecutive years and received the news three days after her 45th birthday. She says “hearing the words you have cancer, blew me away! I honestly thought I may die. I remember saying to the Doctor as I walked out, I will beat this!” Having being diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer Ductal carcinoma in situ ( DCIS ) HR positive in November 2018 (stage 1), Natasha is a breast cancer SURVIVOR. Her aim is now to raise awareness in the BAME communities stating “as I'm a firm believer early detection SAVES lives! Cancer is not talked about nor stories often shared in the BAME community  - hence I started page on the social media platform Instagram @blackbaldnbeautiful”. Presently, Natasha is working on a community project, setting up a support group once a month, where all are welcome regardless of ethnicity. No one should go through this journey alone!

SOPHIA JONES is a 50+ mum of three grown up children living in London. After working for several years in east Africa as a Communications Manager, she returned to London in 2016. She was diagnosed with primary invasive breast cancer in early 2019 and had to have four surgeries to remove it followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She is now cancer free and raises awareness on the importance of checking your breasts regularly. Sophia is on Macmillan Cancer Support’s Campaigns Advisory Panel which advises the national charity on its campaigns initiatives. She is also a Macmillan Ambassador and Spokesperson.


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Meeting ID: 4680330171 - Password: 574090
London, England, United Kingdom


30 Oct 2020, Friday, 07:30 PM
30 Oct 2020, Friday, 09:00 PM

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  • Learn about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer
  • Learn how to do a self examination and how often
  • Find out why screening is important
  • Find out what to do once you are diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Find out about the support groups
  • Find out why early detection is important