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For Immediate Release:
December 02, 2011
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Marta Martinez-Aleman

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Vice Chairwoman Edmonson participates in Breast and Cervical Cancer Conference


(Photo by Akeem Brutus/ Vice-Chairwoman Edmonson's office-Miami-Dade County)

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson joined Marlene Bastien,   executive director of FANM/Haitian Women of Miami, at the fourth annual conference, Breast and Cervical Cancer among Haitian Women," held November 30, 2011 in collaboration with the University of Miami South Florida Center for Reducing Cancer Disparities at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami.  The conference highlights the need for increased cervical cancer screening to eliminate the disparities among ethnic groups. According to FANM, women in Little Haiti are more likely to develop and die of cervical cancer than other racial/ethnic minorities and immigrant groups in South Florida.  The disparity reflects lack of access to and underutilization of routine Pap smear screening, the best method available for early detection, according to FANM.