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BATON ROUGE, La. — Sisters Network Incorporated, the only national African American breast cancer survivor organization in the country, will kick off its 12th annual National African American Breast Cancer conference today in Baton Rouge.

A pioneer in the African American breast cancer awareness movement, Sisters Network hosts the only national conference specifically addressing the devastating impact of breast cancer among African American women. The conference attracts over 400 participants, including breast cancer survivors and non-survivors from around the United States, nationally recognized medical experts, elected officials and the general community.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African-American women. Research shows  20,000 newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among African-American women, and over 5,000 are expected to die from the disease.

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