BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Cancer Services Program of Erie County and Susan G. Komen Western New York teamed up Thursday night to make sure African American women have access to breast cancer resources.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among African American women and the second leading cause of death in that community, because it's usually detected in later stages.

"Early detection is key," says Lisa Napier, Outreach and Marketing Manager for the Cancer Services Program of Erie County. "So if a woman is to go and have her annual mammograms and find it early, she has better outcomes. And that's why it's so important to reach this population."

The Cancer Services program of Erie County provides free breast, cervical, and colon cancer screenings and education to eligible, uninsured and underinsured men and women.

For more information visit: http://www2.erie.gov/cancerservices/.