DID YOU KNOW?
· African American women in the United States have a 41% higher death rate from breast cancer than white women.
· Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women and is the second most common cause of cancer death among African American women.
· African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier age (age 45) than other races (age 62 for white women).
· Studies have found that African American women are 3 times more likely than white or Hispanic women to be diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancers are usually more aggressive, harder to treat, and more likely to come back.
The goal of Sista Strut is to heighten awareness about the issues of breast cancer in women of color, as well as provide information on community resources. Studies show that African American women are more likely to get breast cancer at a younger age and have a death rate from breast cancer higher than that of Caucasian women of the same age. Sista Strut recognizes the strength of survivors, their family and friends, heightens awareness, promotes early detection and the search for a cure. Awareness of these issues will help survival rates with earlier diagnoses.