Fighting Breast Cancer Disparities in Northwest Ohio
Female breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among nearly every racial and ethnic group in the U.S. In the past 25 years, we have seen much improvement in treatment and overall breast cancer care, which have greatly increased survival rates over the years. Unfortunately, improvement has not occurred equally among all populations. Many populations in the U.S. continue to be disproportionately burdened by high incidence (new cases) and mortality rates of breast cancer.
These differences lead to, and are often referred to as disparities. Disparities are the result of health differences that may arise from inequities such as intentional or unintentional discrimination and/or social disadvantage. They may include, but are not limited to, health differences among populations according to race/ethnicity, ancestry, cultural factors, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation, geography, disability or other characteristics associated with social inequality or discrimination.
In 2015, Komen Northwest Ohio was awarded a grant from Susan G. Komen National through Walgreens to start the Mission for Minority Breast Health project. The project aims to improve breast health equity among African American and Hispanic/Latina women in Allen, Erie and Lucas Counties by addressing culturally appropriate breast health/cancer education and risk reduction education, minimizing barriers to access breast cancer screening, and empowering individuals.
How can you help:
- Become a Breast Health Educator and advocate in your community. Promote Breast Self Awareness (BSA), host educational sessions/events, and serve as a local breast health/breast cancer resource.
- Invite our Minority Breast Health Coordinator Amber Currie to talk to your group or organization about breast cancer and breast health.
- Display Komen educational materials and resources; Komen will provide a BSA presentation to staff.
Contact Amber Currie at 419.724.2873 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.