The Susan G. Komen organization states that Black women in the U.S. are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. To address this disparity, Komen Michigan is supporting the Komen national campaign to educate and inspire black women to understand their risk for breast cancer and take charge of their breast health.
The campaign empowers Black women ages 30-55 to treat their breasts with the same attentiveness and understanding they share with the women in their lives.
“Komen Michigan is honored to join Susan G. Komen’s Know Your Girls Campaign. If we want to make an impact on breast cancer mortality rates, we must learn from the women and men who are dying. African American women death rates are 40 percent higher than Caucasian women. Until we can know and recognize our allies with more precision than we can recognize our enemies, we will be unable to succeed in overturning our foes. We must partner with African American communities to defeat this disease.” said Erica Bills, Komen Michigan Executive Director
The campaign features a website that highlights easy to understand resources that educate about breast cancer risk factors, recognizing breast changes and how to have a conversation with a doctor on the subject.
The Know Your Girls campaign will help Susan G. Komen work to achieve their goal to reduce the current 40,000 annual breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Through their African American Health Equity Initiative, Komen is already working to reduce the mortality gap between Black women and Caucasian women by 25 percent, focusing first on the 10 cities where mortality rates and late-stage diagnosis of black women are highest.
To assist Komen’s efforts, Komen Michigan is supporting the national effort and working to make an impact in the community by partnering with black-led community organizations. to provide culturally competent outreach programs such as the faith-based “Pink in the Pews” initiative at local black churches and Corporate Wellness lunches at companies that are located in predominately black communities.
For information, visit knowyourgirls.org.