This October, let’s imagine a world without breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, for Breast Cancer Awareness month, let’s imagine a world without breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen is asking, what if we could raise ONE more dollar, take ONE more step, share ONE more story... Imagine the impact we could make. That’s the power we have when we come together as ONE community.

It’s the difference in getting closer to a world without breast cancer. It’s for our mothers, sisters, friends and co-workers. Whether you’re at home, or together with your community, let’s make 2021 count.

The power of ONE starts with you. Learn more about how you can support this Breast Cancer Awareness month at komen.org/Georgia.

It’s Time to Stand for H.E.R. – A Health Equity Revolution

  • The pandemic has also highlighted racial disparities that also exist with breast cancer, as Black women are about 40 percent more likely to die from the disease than white women.
  • Komen recently launched Stand for H.E.R., a Health Equity Revolution, which is a bold new initiative to decrease breast cancer disparities through targeted interventions in each of the 10 U.S. metropolitan areas where the disparities are the greatest.
  • Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.
  • Black women are often impacted by multiple intersectional barriers including the combined effects of racial, gender, ethnic and other forms of bias while navigating systems and institutional structures in which entrenched inequities remain the status quo.
  • We will help to achieve breast health equity by:
    • Connecting people to care through Komen-trained, culturally competent patient navigators who understand the barriers, know how to navigate racism in health care and implicit bias, and know where to get care and support in their community.
      • Komen is providing patient navigation services in each of the 10 metropolitan areas where the disparities for Black women are the greatest, to help empower patients and connect them with needed care (screening and beyond).
      • Komen is also nurturing a national network of Black patient navigators by providing new and existing patient navigators across the country with training on both core competencies of breast cancer navigation, as well as how to navigate racism and implicit bias in the health care system.
    • Working in partnership with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) through their Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, to improve the quality of breast cancer treatment at specific health facilities in the targeted communities.
    • Providing trustworthy information and emotional support through Komen’s Breast Care Helpline and acting as the go-to source for unbiased, comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate breast cancer information through komen.org.
    • Overcoming financial barriers through Komen’s Treatment Assistance Program.
    • Providing access to screening and diagnostic services.
    • Developing culturally competent education about family health history, its role in breast cancer risk, and the benefits of genetic counseling and testing for Black families in making health care decisions.
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