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The story of breast cancer is the story of people — and for the month of October, we are honored to share stories of compassion, determination, triumph, despair and optimism through the eyes of breast cancer survivors, the people who love them, and the people helping them every day.

These are the people we've come to know and love at Komen — people we’ve been able to help through our research, community health programs, advocacy and global work —  and the people who are trying to end this disease in laboratories around the world, and in our own neighborhoods.  

Join us here every day in October as we post a new story to  celebrate the women and men who inspire us all.

 
 
 
 

DAY 5 - October 2012

DR. AMELIE RAMIREZ, SAN ANTONIO

Advocate, Scientific Advisor

 
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“My mission, which aligns with that of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is to ensure that Latinos across the world receive timely, high quality cancer treatment, and go on to live long and fruitful lives.”

As a Latina, I am disheartened by the health disparities in my community – especially when it comes to breast cancer. In fact, breast cancer is the number one cancer killer of Latinas. Latina women have a lower incidence of breast cancer than white women, but are more likely to be diagnosed with larger tumors and late-stage breast cancer.