Today (October 1), marks the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While White women are most likely to develop breast cancer, the American Cancer Society reports that Black women are most likely to die from it. That’s especially true for Black women under 35, who are twice as likely to have it and three times as likely to never recover.
The AMBER Consortium is analyzing the four largest studies of breast cancer in Black women to discover genetic and other risk factors that underlie this disparity, but in the meantime there are millions of women who need help detecting and fighting this disease. This month, consider donating to or volunteering with these organizations that center Black women in the fight against breast cancer:
African American Breast Cancer Alliance provides education and emotional and social support for breast cancer survivors and their families.
Black Women’s Health Imperative is dedicated to improving health outcomes for Black women via policy advocacy, research translation and targeted initiatives.
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation has a list of local organizations if you’d like to show your support close to home.
Sisters Network Inc.’s mission is to increase attention to the impact breast cancer has on the Black community.
Sisters on a Mission works to improve breast cancer outcomes for African-American women via proactive outreach.