OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AND EDUCATION MONTH. IT IS ALSO HEALTH LITERACY MONTH. AT ONEWORLD WE BELIEVE EVERYDAY IS HEALTH LITERACY DAY AND BREAST CANCER EDUCATION DAY. PLEASE JOIN US. KNOWLEDGE IS POWERFUL. WE COMMEND THE BLACK WOMEN’S HEALTH IMPERATIVE AND THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) FOR THEIR JOINT EFFORTS IN PUTTING TOGETHER OUTSTANDING INFORMATION. IT IS NOW UP TO US IN OUR VARIOUS COMMUNITIES AND CHURCHES TO SPREAD THE WORDS AND APPLY THEM IN EVERY WAY WE CAN. WE CAN ALL MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS.
OneWorld has culled a Comprehensive Set of Good Information about BREAST CANCER and AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN (in particular). This is an Informative Blog about Breast Cancer for Women of all Ages and Ethnicities. PLEASE share it with others. Thank you for being engaged with us. N’Zinga Shani, Producer, OneWorld Progressive Institute, OCT. 2012
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN (AAW) GET A MUCH HIGHER RATE OF TRIPPLE NEGATIVE CANCER. However, the multi-levels of treatments for Breast Cancer have come a long way over the past 10 years. While it is best to catch Breast Cancer in its earliest stages, the cancer specialists at Yale and elsewhere assure us that there is much living on the other side (after the treatment) of cancer.
In the first video clip we discussed the recent confusing guidelines issues by the US Preventive Services. It is really important that you watch that 5 mins segment. The good news is that AAW get breast cancer less frequently than Caucasian women. We say this to explain that the total numbers of women getting Breast CA does not reflect AAW numbers. However, 50% of AAW who do get Breast Cancer die from their cancer; this is mainly because they are diagnosed at later stages, and because they tend to have more aggressive forms of cancer such as triple negative. We have combined below for you a series of informative short videos along with some key information from Yale School of Medicine, OneWorld program archives, Susan Komen Foundation, YouTube, the Center for Disease Control and from The Black Women’s Health Imperative. We invite you to watch, listen and learn and share the information with others.
LINKS to informative videos about Women and Breast Cancer: Length of each video
1. Below are clips from OneWorld’s Oct. 2012 Breast Cancer community education programs. Yale Breast Cancer experts address the importance of women working with their doctors to determine when they should have mammograms and not be confused by recent US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines. African American women often get Breast Cancer at an earlier age than Caucasian women. Meet Yale’s dynamic trio http://youtu.be/OeKBE07FX0g = 5:06
a) http://youtu.be/dpbw1qCsJrg Understanding the Anatomy of the Breast and the Staging of Breast Cancer on OneWorld Health Literacy with Drs. Michael DiGiovanna & Maysa Abu Khalaf = 10:00
b) http://youtu.be/0YhpIB-x8kQ Yale Breast Cancer Specialists discuss Cancer in Dense Breast Tissue = 4:43
c) http://youtu.be/aaoYXyHGW14 A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Treating Cancer – OneWorld Health Literacy = 8:43.
3. MELANIE NIX – TRIPPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER - = 5:05 http://youtu.be/rA7rqLCXqOk
5. AFRICAN- AMERICAN WOMEN AND BREAST CANCER – DR. EXPLAINS = 2:27 http://youtu.be/79o_MjAGVFo
6. CHERYL REID – RECURRENT TRIPPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER (TNBC) = 2:49 http://youtu.be/oAXKsLnHlbU Why do so many AAW get Triple Neg. Breast Ca?
Even though more AAW get TNBC, early detection is key; you can survive Breast Cancer.
8. MINNIE RIPERTON (SINGER) TALKS ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE W/ BREAST CANCER http://youtu.be/eAJup3ESpi0 She died at age 31. Today we have more effective treatments = 2:10
9. Metastatic Breast Cancer: Stories of Trials, Perseverance, and Hope. Personal stories of women living with Metastatic Breast Ca in various stages diagnosis, treatment and recovery http://youtu.be/7hEsGJMx-GE Listen as they share their struggles and triumphs = 5:18
9a. Treating Stage 4 Breast Cancer, Dr. Jay K. Harness http://youtu.be/Y6gDqkx8_AA = 5:03 9b. Living with Stage 4 Breast Cancer- interview w/Sandy http://youtu.be/VXpVJtfLYn8 = 3:43
9c. Bridget was diagnosed at age 21 w/Stage 4 Breast Cancer http://youtu.be/uU-ed-sZ5Gs = 11:13 (Bridget Spence has no immediate family history of breast cancer; she has HER2+Breast CA. Bridget spoke at the Susan G. Komen program in 2012. She also celebrated her 30th birthday in the summer of 2012)
10. Living Beyond Breast Cancer – Stories of Survival – Susan G. Komen Foundation = 1-hr http://youtu.be/87jJcF4I68Y A variety of young and diverse women share personal stories.
11. http://www.oneworldpi.org/health/health_videos_V4.html Understanding the Staging of Breast Cancer with Yale Breast Cancer specialists Michael DiGiovanno and Maysa Abu Khalaf
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Black Women and Breast Cancer – Surviving Breast Cancer through Early Detection and Diagnosis
- Nothing speaks more clearly to the shocking breast cancer health disparities than the fact that Black women are less likely than white women to get breast cancer, yet have a higher breast cancer death rate.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black women and in 2010, the CDC reported that breast cancer was the leading cause of cancer death for Black women aged 45–64 years.
What was most alarming in this CDC report was that the breast cancer death rate for women aged 45–64 years was 60% higher for Black women than white women (56.8 and 35.6 deaths per 100,000, respectively).
Why this is important for Black women
The growing breast cancer disparities that exist between Black women and white women are alarming. Although the overall lifetime risk of breast cancer is lower for Black women compared with white women, the death rates are higher.
It is important to note that Black women also have a lower 5 year survival rate at 77% compared to that of 90% for white women.
Contrary to prevailing beliefs, younger Black women up to age 44 have a higher incidence of breast cancer than white women:
(U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2006 Incidence and Mortality: www.cdc.gov/uscs).
What Black Women Need to Know about Breast Cancer
Breast cancer tends to appear in Black women at a younger age and in more advanced forms.
Black women are two times more likely to develop triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease which has fewer effective treatment options.
Triple-negative breast cancers tend to grow and spread more quickly than most other types of breast cancer.
We also are known to have denser breast, one of the strongest predictors of risk for breast cancer and also is a known factor limiting the sensitivity of a screening mammogram.
Mammograms of breasts with higher density have been described as harder to read and interpret than those of less dense breasts.
A small cancer can be concealed by dense breast tissue or by the overlap of normal breast structures.
Many women with early breast cancer have no symptoms. That is why it is so crucial to get screened before symptoms have a chance to appear.
The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded.
It is important that you have any new breast mass or lump checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.
Other signs may include:
- Swelling of all or part of the breast
- Skin irritation or dimpling
- Pain in the breast or nipple
- Thickening of the nipple or breast
- Discharge other than breast milk
What the Imperative is doing
At the Black Women’s Health Imperative, we know that Black women have not benefited from the advances in breast cancer research and new technologies. It is our mission to raise questions, seek understanding, and call attention to what is happening to Black women.
Through our advocacy, policy and national and community-based initiatives, we are working to make eliminating breast cancer disparities among young Black women a public health priority. We do this by:
- Educating women on the importance of early detection and quick diagnosis
- Promoting routine breast self-exam (BSE) and clinical breast exam (CBE)
- Advocating for screening guidelines that are responsive to the needs of Black women
- Advocating for increased access to new screening tools and quality diagnosis and treatment services
- Advocating and supporting policies and practices that call for early education and screening among younger women
- Building leadership in communities to address breast health disparities
- Engaging women across the country through surveys and focus groups; and listening to the issues and concerns of Black women related to breast cancer
- Engaging researchers, clinicians, educators and survivors in ongoing dialogue to identify strategies for reducing breast health disparities
- Working collectively in coalitions at the national and local levels to raise awareness of breast cancer issues for Black women
- Supporting community organizations in identifying and implementing effective interventions for reducing breast cancer disparities
What Black Women Can Do: Detect. Diagnose. Survive
Early detection is critically important, especially for women at higher risk. For Black women who have been diagnosed at the earliest stage of breast cancer when the tumor is small and localized, early diagnosis can make a difference.
For most of us, early detection and diagnosis are attainable with a few easy steps:
Have your provider show you how to perform monthly breast self-examination (BSE) and perform it faithfully at the same time each month.
See your provider for a clinical breast examination (CBE) at least once a year.
Have regular mammograms. Since breast density is one of the strongest risk factors for Black women developing breast cancer, insist on digital mammography or some of the newer more advanced technologies that help detect tumors
Learn more about what the Imperative is doing to make breast cancer disparities a priority through our national campaign to end breast cancer disparities, Moving Beyond Pink and sign up for becoming an advocate in your organization and community.
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