Breast Cancer Awareness Month
IBWPPI MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
- May 26, 2022
From: The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the disease, its symptoms, causes and the importance of early detection.
Three years ago, when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer I faced the greatest challenge of my life. There is not one day that goes by where the residual pain and physical scars are not reminders of the battle I went through. However, the visible and invisible scars pale in comparison to the daily breath that reminds me that I am restored, alive and well. I am a survivor.
Black women and White women are diagnosed with breast cancer at about the same rate, but Black women die from breast cancer at a higher rate than White women, according to the CDC. Furthermore, breast cancer is more likely to be found at an earlier stage among White women than among Black women.
This month, I encourage you to forward this newsletter and share this information with your loved ones and sister friends. We all must play our part in saving lives and advocating for Black women to have access to quality health care, screenings and treatment.
Barbara A. Perkins