October is the month that women (and men) come together to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. From walks to brunches, workshops to gatherings, pink October has become one of the most widely recognized awareness months of the year. And for good reason.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:
- 1 in 8 women in the U.S will be diagnosed with breast cancer
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
- Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer
For black women in particular, though we are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, we are less likely to survive if diagnosed. With these statistics, it is essential for black women to be informed and educated about breast cancer. Here are four organizations that are dedicated to supporting black women in the fight against breast cancer.
The African American Breast Cancer Alliance
The African American Breast Cancer Alliance, Inc (AABCA) is dedicated to building and sharing awareness, connections, education, resources and support for African American/Black women, men, families and communities affected by breast cancer
Painted Pink, Inc.
Painted Pink, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to educating every millennial on breast health. We empower millennials to take charge of their breast health. We support millennials with access to mentors, resources, and medical professionals who understand the intersection of breast health and the realities of breast cancer for this generation.
Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes
Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates, advocates, mentors, supports, shares resources and grants wishes to children & young women who have been affected by terminal breast cancer.
Sisters Network Inc
Sisters Network Inc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community.