African American breast cancer survivors “Stop The SilenceÂ®”!
ATLANTA, GA (BlackNews.com) — Sisters Network Atlanta Southern Region Chapter, a non-profit organization for African American women breast cancer survivors, will host its’ Gift for Life Block WalkÂ® on October 4, 2014 at the Riverdale Town Center, Riverdale, Ga. Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Winn-Dixon is the Honorary Chair and will kick off the fundraiser event.
During the month of October the chapter begins its “STOP THE SILENCEÂ®” program by collaborating with organizations and community groups to promote breast health awareness in the African American community. These unique and innovative programs allows breast cancer survivors and volunteers to canvas door-to-door in the African American community and distribute breast health education information, a resource list and pink ribbons. Every individual reached is invited to the Riverdale Town Center where refreshments are served and breast cancer related agencies are available to discuss their resources and services.
Event Chair and President Diana Galloway states, “Approximately 250 participants, health professionals, survivors, family members and the public are expected to attend.”
Research strongly suggests that breast cancer in African American women is more aggressive than in white American women. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths surpassed only by lung cancer. Additionally, the incidence of breast cancer among women under the age of forty-five is higher for African American women compared to white women and the number of breast cancer deaths among African American women is rising; among white women the number is falling.
Founded in 1994, Sisters NetworkÂ® Inc. is a 501(c)(3) national African American breast cancer organization has over 40 affiliate chapters across the nation. The survivor-run organization is a nationally recognized organization within the medical community and a critical resource for African American women battling breast cancer. For more information, call 770-347-8926 or visit Sisters’ web site: www.sistersnetworkatlanta.com.
Sponsors include Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Metro Styles Beauty Publication.