Contact: Janice French, Association of Muslim Health Professionals, (240) 271 7692, jfrench@amhp.us, www.amhp.us

This year’s Breast Cancer Awareness month marks another anniversary with a groundbreaking UCLA study, which revealed that the use of mammograms to screen for breast cancer is low among Muslim women. This study, funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation and conducted by UCLA’s School of Public Health, revealed that 1 out of 5 Muslim women in the sample had never had a mammogram and that 1 out of 4 Muslim women had not gone for a mammogram in the past year. Breast cancer-specific mortality rates tend to be higher among Muslim women due to a lack of early detection.

Dr. Galal who headed the study offers the following recommendations to Muslim women:

 

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