Every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and every 13 minutes, a woman dies from the disease, according to Susan G. Komen. Scary, huh? You know what’s even scarier? Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than any other racial and ethnic group.
According to the American Cancer Society, the overall five-year relative survival rate for Black women who were diagnosed with breast cancer during 2002-2008 was 78 percent, compared to 90 percent among White women.
Sisters Network, Inc., the only national African-American breast cancer survivorship organization in the country, is trying to change that.
Kelly P. Hodges, national program director of Sisters Network, Inc., says, “Our main mission is to save lives. Our tagline is ‘Stop the Silence’ because we know–and the research shows– there’s a great disparity and lack of education, financial support and resources [within the] African-American community.”
In 1994, Karen E. Jackson, founder and CEO of Sisters Network, Inc., created the organization after being diagnosed with breast cancer the previous year. During her journey, she became disappointed with the lack of “sisterhood” in some of the traditional organizations, as well as the staggering mortality rate among Black women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Read the rest of my piece on Sisters Network, Inc. at [EBONY.com].