Windber Research Institute will mark Black History month by hosting a program to educate black women on health issues.
“Celebration of the African American Woman” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at WRI, 620 Seventh St., Windber.
Speakers will present information about different topics, including research protocols and breast cancer and how it pertains to black women.
“African American tumors are larger and they are diagnosed at a later stage,” said Rachel Ellsworth, PhD, and translational breast research director for the clinical breast care project. Ellsworth said many of tumors found are don’t express certain receptors, which she described as triple negative tumors, and are hard to treat. Depending on the tumor, different treatments can be personalized for many women. But for triple negative tumors, those options aren’t available.
“There is not a personal option for them,” Ellsworth said. “All that is left is old medicine, which is chemotherapy.”
Ellsworth will speak about the different options for black women concerning breast health, and include other topics such as social issues and breastfeeding.
Also speaking will be Stella Somiari, PhD, senior director.
“We are recognizing what (Black History) month means to them and a general theme of health and breast care,” Somiari said.
Those attending will have the opportunity to meet researchers and tour WRI.
Star Durham, a breast cancer survivor will be on hand to speak about her experiences with the disease.
People can register by calling 361-6904. Registration is free and refreshments will be provided at the event.