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Breast Cancer Survivor Raises Awareness and Organizes Support

A San Diego Union Tribune article profiles Cassandra Countryman, who survived breast cancer 10 years ago and went on to form San Diego’s first African-American breast cancer support group.

Breast cancer survivor tries to help others with the fight profiles Countryman’s work in the African-American community, which she points out has the highest mortality rate among breast cancer victims.

With the help of her cancer doctor, Dr. William Stanton of Scripps Cancer Center, Countryman has worked to improve breast cancer support, education and resources for women and men. She helped organize the Scripps African-American Breast Cancer Support Group, and also runs The Circle of Faith support group.

In October 2008, Cassandra Countryman received the 10 Leadership Award for outstanding work in the community.