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Diversity consultant D. Bora Harris of Portland (left) distributes information and answers questions about a public health campaign by Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington to address breast cancer disparities in the African American community.

Diversity consultant D. Bora Harris of Portland (left) distributes information and answers questions about a public health campaign by Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington to address breast cancer disparities in the African American community.

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Breast Cancer Health Focus

Komen reaches out to African Americans

Despite similar screening rates, breast cancer is detected at an advanced stage more often in black than in white women, and breast cancer mortality is nearly 41 percent higher in black women than in white women in the U.S.