Do you know a woman who has, or has had breast cancer? Are you a current warrior or survivor? My bet is if you’ve not experienced it personally, you probably know a woman who has. Those women are warriors, and I pray those that you know are also survivors.

Until January, 2022 , I was just another woman who recognizes breast cancer awareness month in October. I’ve participated in some awareness and fundraising activities, and I certainly perform regular breast self-checks. But now, things have changed. I was recently diagnosed with DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ which is cancer that is located in the milk ducts of the breasts. I had never heard of DCIS before my experience began. I always thought breast cancer was just breast cancer. I didn’t know that there are different types. My type, DCIS, happens to be one of the most common types. 60,000 women are diagnosed with it each year in the US. Early detection through mammography is the key to detecting any type of breast cancer.

African American and Caucasian women in the US are more likely to develop breast cancer. A study that observed the racial disparities and mortality rates in breast cancer found that women of color develop it at a lesser rate than white women. However, African American women are more likely to die as a result of the disease. 

Black women are more likely diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which is very aggressive and difficult to treat. Another factor that contributes to our mortality rate is access to health care. This is, in-part, due to the poverty level. Poverty is associated with higher cancer rates. Poverty can also hinder awareness of the prevalence of breast cancer in the Black community. I have talked with countless women who were not aware that after age 40, women should have a yearly mammogram, and even sooner if there is a family history of breast cancer. 

Have you had your mammogram this year?

2 Comments on Breast Cancer Facts “We” Should Know

  1. My prayers are with you and I’m here for you and to walk this journey with you…you’re not alone

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