A recent study by the Susan G. Komen Foundation shows a jump in the number of 25- to 34-year-old mostly African-American women in South Dallas and DeSoto with advanced breast cancer.

Dr. Michael Ulissey is director of the Parkland Breast Center and says the women live in areas that are underserved. 

“Younger women, they don’t get mammograms on a yearly basis, and many of them might not be thinking about doing self-breast exams on a monthly basis either, and they don’t get into their doctor where they get their yearly checkup,” he said.

Ulissey says breast cancer is still relatively rare in young women, but says before the study came out, “my colleagues and I have made comments over the last year and a half to two years. We would remark, hey, this is another 35-year-old or this is another 27-year-old.   And I’ve been doing this this for 12 years full time.  This is more than I’m used to seeing certainly in the past couple of years as opposed to the last ten.”

“It’s important for women to begin their health awareness at an early age,” he said. “We hope to see grandmothers, mothers, daughters and sisters attend the events to learn more about what they can do to take care of themselves, and to spread the word to friends and family alike.”

Join Parkland staff at one of the following locations this month:

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16
Marsalis Avenue Church of Christ
2431 S. Marsalis Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75216

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23
Oak Cliff Family YMCA
6701 S. Hampton Road
Dallas, Texas 75232

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct.30
St. Paul A.M.E. Church
2420 Metropolitan Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75215

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