REACHING TO END DISPARITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN
IN BREAST CANCER
To eliminate the disparity in breast cancer mortality between African American women and Caucasian women in Indianapolis.
To raise awareness about the high breast cancer death rate for African American women in Indianapolis.
Through faith-based programs, provide education and support and connect African American women to timely, affordable and accessible breast health services.
To direct interventions and promote research aimed at improving access to quality mammography screenings, diagnostic services and treatment for African American women at health institutions in Indianapolis and at reducing healthcare inequities.
African American women face many breast cancer disparities: Although Caucasian women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, African American women in Indianapolis are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in African American women.
African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive types of breast cancer, like triple negative breast cancer, that are less-receptive to treatment, especially before age 45.
African American women are more likely than any other racial group to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age. Disparities in breast cancer mortality for African America women leads to 5 excess deaths per
day in the United States.