Although breast cancer continues to impact people from all backgrounds, there are significant differences within the mortality rates among racial groups. During the early 1980s, breast cancer death rates for white and African-American women were about equal, but during 2001-2005 African-American women had a 37 percent higher death rate.
• Breast cancer is the second cause of cancer deaths among black women.
• Breast cancer incidence among younger African-American women (under age 40) is higher than in white women.
• Aggressive tumor characteristics are more common in African-American women than in white women.
• 77 percent of African American women in the U.S. survive five years after diagnosis as compared to 90 percent of white women.
• Death rates for breast cancer have decreased faster among white women than among African American women.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Circle of Promise has pledged to do their part to ensure that African-American women are empowered with the information and tools they need to take charge of their own health and serve as ambassadors in their local communities. The Circle of Promise movement is designed to engage African-American women to help end breast cancer forever by fostering increased awareness, support, empowerment and action.
Join this powerful movement to motivate and empower the community, mobilize and get active in public policy efforts and dispel myths that prevent women from getting the needed access to care that can save their lives. We rely on everyday women like you to get the word out. Please join us. We need your help in:
• Mobilizing the community to ensure that women everywhere have access to the care they need
• Empowering women to make a promise to reclaim their lives, their health and to be strong advocates in their communities
• Dispelling myths in the African-American community that prevent women from getting early treatment for breast cancer
Help us rewrite the story of African Americans and breast cancer. Join the Circle of Promise now.