EVENT DATE: Oct 25, 2014
Because the death rate from breast cancer is so high among African American women, we saw the need for increased awareness and education within our community. Research shows that while Black women are less likely than white women to get breast cancer, they have a higher death rate from breast cancer than white women. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black women and in 2010, breast cancer was the leading cause of cancer death for Black women aged 45--64 years. One reason for the high death rate is that
their tumors are often found at a later, more advanced stage and by that time,fewer treatment options are available. In addition, breast cancer tends to appear in Black women at a younger age and in more advanced forms.
Funds raised here will be used to host a Breast Cancer Awarenss and Survivor's Breakfast. Through this event, we hope to reach more women within the African American community, to educate them about how this disease can affect them and the importance of early detection.
Recognizing that some, although employed, may not be able to pay for a mammogram screening, we want to also provide some assistance to those who are uninsured or underinsured. Our goal is to make this an annual event.