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Nuestras Historias: Mujeres Latinas Sobreviviendo el Cáncer del Seno



Nuestras Historias, a combination of resources by Redes En Acción and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, features bilingual stories about Hispanic women who have confronted the challenges of breast cancer. The stories are real Latina breast cancer survivors expressing in their own words how they struggled with and overcame breast cancer. The book is available in all Redes’ regional sites, and has been distributed by Komen’s local and national offices.


  • Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH
    IHPR, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (at Baylor College of Medicine for this project)


  • Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation
  • American Cancer Society
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Breast Cancer Support Group
  • Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving and Sharing (WINGS)


Story participants from San Antonio, Texas, distributed in South Texas and nation


Nuestras Historias was released Oct. 12, 2004, at a memorable event involving the media, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio officials, San Antonio Cancer Institute officials, and many of the women who told their stories in the book. The book has been distributed to Latina breast cancer patients and survivors, primarily through Komen’s local affiliate and the collaborating agencies, and distributors asked readers to read the book and pass it on to maximize its reach. The book still can be accessed online at, and CD copies can be requested from Redes’ headquarters at the Institute for Health Promotion Research. The book garnered many awards, including: 2005 Bronze Addy Award, American Advertising Federation, San Antonio; 2005 Bronze Quill Awards, International Association of Business Communicators, Award of Excellence for Publications – Special Populations, Award of Merit for Publication Design – Special Populations; 2005 Silver Quill Award of Merit, International Association of Business Communicators; 2005 The Communicator Award of Excellence; 2005 Bronze Award, National Health Information Awards; and 2005 Platinum Award, MarCom Creative Awards


  • Ramirez, AG, Gallion, K, San Miguel de Majors, SL, Chalela, P, and Presswood, D. 2004. Nuestras Historias: Mujeres Latinas Sobreviviendo el Cancer del Seno/Our Stories: Latinas Surviving Breast Cancer. A publication of Redes En Acción: The National Hispanic/Latino Cancer Network; National Cancer Institute Grant No. U0 1 CA 86117-01 (D. Presswood, editor). San Antonio, Texas: Quadrangle Press, Inc.


  • Ramirez, AG, San Miguel de Majors, SL, Presswood, D, and Gallion, K. Development of a bilingual, culturally sensitive book about Latina breast cancer survivors to educate other women about breast cancer. Abstract 109164: 133rd Annual American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, Dec. 10-14.