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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A major effort is under way to reduce breast cancer deaths in African American women in Jackson.

The announcement was made during the American Cancer Society Women's Health fair at the Jackson Medical Mall.

The Walmart Foundation has awarded a 300-thousand dollar grant to implement breast cancer screening programs, including mammograms.

The goal is to lower death rates among African Americans.

"We are among the minority in terms of taking care of ourselves, obesity and nutrition so it's very important to work with those underserved clients in the city of Jackson to make sure they go out and get screened," said Tamarra Butler with the Cancer Society.

Jackson is one of three cities in the country identified as having a large disparity in death rates among African American women. @

For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or visit www.cancer.org.

 

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