• Where You Live Should Not
    Determine Whether You Live Achieving Health Equity for African-American Women


  • African-American Women Are Dying from Breast Cancer at a Rate of Nearly 40% Higher Than White Women

    Breast Cancer Incidence & Morality

    White Females (including Hispanic) vs. Black Females (including Hispanic)

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  • Why is This Happening?

    Morality & Mortality

    Differences in the quality of the mammogram an African-American woman receives as well as delays in follow-up after an abnormal screening mammogram may contribute to the problem.

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    Biology

    Triple negative breast cancers are more common among African-American women that among women of other ethnicities.

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    Genomics

    The median age at diagnosis for African-American women is 59, compared to 63 for white women.

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  • What is Komen Doing?

    Towards collective impact. Together, we will achieve health equality.

    10,000

    Patient Navigation Services

    Providing Patient Navigation Services

    Reducing barriers to quality care

     

    63,000

    Breast Cancer Education Sessions

    Empowering Community

    Providing resources to sustain local health system change

     

    1,900

    Mammography Tech & Clinical Trainings

    Improving Health Services

    Ensuring access to the highest quality of services

     

  • Our Goal Is to Reduce African-American Breast Cancer Disparities by 25% in 5 Years Within 10 Targeted Communities

    Click on the icon icons below to find more information on the U.S cities with the greatest disparities in breast cancer mortality rate between African-American and white women.

    Cities with the icon icons below are the U.S cities with the greatest disparities in breast cancer mortality rate between African-American and white women.

    Disparities MapLos AngelesOaklandDallasHoustonSt. LouisMemphisChicagoPhiladelphiaWashingtonVirginiaAtlanta
     
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    Los Angeles, CA

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    Oakland, CA

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    Philadelphia, PA

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    St. Louis, MO

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    Norfolk, VA

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    Memphis, TN

     
  • Komen and the Fund II Foundation will invest in each of the 10 communities with the highest disparities through partnerships with local leaders to:

    • Develop advisory group of local leaders
    • Assess and Map Neighborhood Health Equity Gap
    • Assess the Distribution of Breast Cancer Screen Capacity
    • Institute a Quality Review of Screening Services
    • Expand Partnerships with Community Leaders
     
    • Map Data to Develop Plans for Improving Quality of Screening Techniques
    • Establish Evaluation Protocols, Metris, and Easy-to-Navigate Data Collection Systems
    • Launch National Outreach and Communications Initiative for Black Women Ages 30-45 years old
     

     

    2017 Annual Roundtable Discussion

    In 2016, with a $27 million grant from the Fund II Foundation, Susan G. Komen announced a community-based initiative to reduce African-American breast cancer disparities by 25 percent in five years, starting in the 10 U.S. cities where the inequities are greatest. We hope you’ll join us virtually on June 20th to learn how we’re collaborating to take an exciting step forward to achieve our goal.

    June 19 - 20
    Washington, D.C.

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  • Resources for You

    Warning Signs and Symptoms
    Learn more about the warning signs of breast cancer.

    Screening and Early Detection
    Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances of survival are highest.

    Genetic Counseling and Testing
    Every person with breast cancer deserves the best care possible.

    Get Quality Care
    Every person with breast cancer deserves the best care possible.

    Clinical Trials
    Whether a new therapy or test becomes part of standard treatment for breast cancer depends largely on clinical trial results.

     

    Financial Assistance & Insurance
    The resources, support, and guidance you need.

    Questions to Ask Your Doctor
    Guides on a variety of breast cancer topics to help you have a meaningful conversation with your doctor.

    Breast Care Helpline
    If you or a loved one needs information about breast health or breast cancer, call our breast care helpline to speak with a specially trained oncology social worker or specialist.

  • How You Can Help

    Raise Your Voice

    Policy Advocates ensure that the fight against breast cancer remains a priority among our state and national policymakers.

    Become an Advocate  

    Raise Your Hand

    Without the efforts of our amazing volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish even a fraction of what we do today.

    Become a Volunteer  

    Raise Your Awareness

    Increase public awareness about the problem and extent of breast cancer disparities.

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