African American Breast Cancer Awareness Archives - I'm Taking Charge

African American Breast Cancer Awareness

In September 2016 we are taking a close look at how breast cancer impacts African American women. We have placed all of these articles on this page. We are teaming up with the Black Women’s Health Imperative to report on current research and on information and advice of particular interest to Black women with breast cancer.


Mammograms and Mammogram Alternatives: How They Work and Why Breast Density Matters
13 Jan 2017

Mammograms and Mammogram Alternatives: How They Work and Why Breast Density Matters

When most women think of breast imaging technology, they think of mammograms. And rightfully so. Mammograms are the most common and accurate way to view the inside of a woman’s breast. But there are mammogram alternatives. There is also a certain type of mammogram that works best for dense breasts.   So, what are all the types of breast imaging? Do you have dense breasts?...

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Breast Cancer and Black Women: Looking Back and Ahead
29 Sep 2016

Breast Cancer and Black Women: Looking Back and Ahead

The days are getting shorter. In the northern Midwest where I live, whispers of the winter chill are in the air. Children are replacing flip-flops with sneakers and the hoodie is again a wardrobe essential. Summer has ended. So is I’m Taking Charge’s September collaboration with the Black Women’s Health Imperative. What have we learned about breast cancer and Black women? Where will we go...

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African Americans and Breast Cancer, Reconstruction: How to Beat the System and Get Great Care
26 Sep 2016

African Americans and Breast Cancer, Reconstruction: How to Beat the System and Get Great Care

Compared to whites, African American women in the US receive sub-par medical treatment. It’s one reason the Black Women’s Health Imperative (which we’re partnering with this month) exists. Less than one hundred years ago, researchers began documenting cases of discrimination at health care facilities. One of the earliest cases was that of Juliette Derricotte, an international lecturer and university dean. After a a car accident in 1931...

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Breast Cancer Retreat for African American Women: Sistas Rock!
25 Sep 2016

Breast Cancer Retreat for African American Women: Sistas Rock!

We’ve highlighted a few breast cancer retreats on this blog before. These retreats typically include women of all races and varying ages and are great ways to connect with other women who are dealing with the same struggle you are. However, many African American women find that certain retreats do not fully provide them with the complete sense of sisterhood that they want. Fortunately, the African...

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Breast Reconstruction for Minority Women:  What’s Different and How Do We Fix It?
22 Sep 2016

Breast Reconstruction for Minority Women: What’s Different and How Do We Fix It?

Submitted by Dr. Frank J. DellaCroce, ITC Advisory Board Member and MD, FACS, from the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, New Orleans, LA www.breastcenter.com For women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the emotional blow of mastectomy and the sense of loss that comes with it can leave scars that go far beyond the surface. The daily reminders in the mirror, brought by the empty, scarred chest, can leave a profound feeling...

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Breast Surgery Complications: Healing Risks for African-American Women
21 Sep 2016

Breast Surgery Complications: Healing Risks for African-American Women

Undergoing breast surgery, whether mastectomy or reconstruction, is a nerve-wracking experience for many women. You not only want to stay safe and avoid repeated procedures, you also want minimal scarring and a cosmetically appealing result. Unfortunately, for some African American women, getting cosmetically appealing results following a breast procedure is challenging. This is due to a higher rate of certain breast surgery complications: in particular, keloids and hypertrophic...

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Black Women’s Breast Health Matters
15 Sep 2016

Black Women’s Breast Health Matters

Submitted by Valerie Rochester, Black Women’s Health Imperative By now, many of us already know the statistics . . . that despite the federal and private investments in breast cancer screening, treatment and research, Black women continue to experience breast cancer at younger ages and in more advanced and deadlier forms. From screening to timely diagnosis and entry into treatment, Black women receive inequitable care...

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Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity
14 Sep 2016

Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity

As part of our African American breast cancer focus with BWHI this month, we’re taking a look at breast reconstruction and racial disparity. African American women are twice as likely as Caucasian women to choose autologous breast reconstruction. Autologous breast reconstruction is a procedure that uses the woman’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast form. The tissue is taken from another part of her body.   ...

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Breast Cancer Mortality Among Black Women: From Worry to Hope
08 Sep 2016

Breast Cancer Mortality Among Black Women: From Worry to Hope

As you may know, we’re focusing on breast cancer’s impact on African American women this month, in collaboration with Black Women’s Health Imperative. African American women have a troubling connection to breast cancer. This is due to their high breast cancer mortality rate, among other things. Let’s look at the causes for concern, and what is being done to address them.   Breast cancer is the most...

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