Aurora's Wisdom #53 is walking to Stop the Silence. Join us!
Please help us as we raise funds and awareness for the Sisters Network, Inc. Stop the Silence National African American Breast Cancer Walk that raises funds for the Sisters Network Breast Cancer Awareness Program.
A portion of the funds raised from this event provides assistance to breast cancer survivors, currently in treatment and facing financial challenges. Financial Assistance is paid directly to third party providers and covers hospital /clinic/ physician and medical group; medical related lodging, medical insurance, co-pay, rent and utilities.
BCAP is also an early detection program which provides free Mammograms, Ultrasounds and Biopsies.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women. An estimated 27,060 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among African American women in 2013. Among younger women (under age 45), however, the mortality rate of breast cancer is higher in African Americans than in whites. The median age of diagnosis is 57 years for African American women, compared to 62 years for white women. Breast cancer incidence rates increased rapidly among African American women during the 1980s, largely due to increased detection as the use of mammography screening increased, then rates increased more gradually during the 1990s 6. In the most recent time period (2000-2009), breast cancer incidence rates increased slightly among African American women (0.7% per year) and decreased among white women (1.0% per year). The decrease in white women during this time period in part reflects the sharp decline between 2002 and 2003 that was related to a drop in use of menopausal hormones. 27 A similar drop in incidence was not observed in African American women among whom menopausal hormone use is historically lower.