Awareness of Breast Cancer Disparities
Posted on September 30 2020
This year, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, we have decided to choose a charity that is BIPOC focused. With breast cancer being the second-leading cause of death for African-American women, we feel it's important to lend support to an organization that is working to provide special attention to those who are affected the most.
Sisters by Choice was initially established as a support group for women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families. Since then, SBC has evolved into a multi-faceted organization providing services and education for uninsured and under served women in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed, a renowned Atlanta based breast surgeon and first African-American woman to successfully complete Emory University's Surgical Program, founded SBC in 1989 when she saw the need for programs that would increase public knowledge and awareness of breast cancer to reduce the mortality and morbidity of the disease.
Research has shown the disparity in breast cancer mortality rates between black and white women is alarmingly high. While this is due to a variety of factors, Dr. Phillips-Reed realized that access to quality breast care, education, and screenings were lacking in underserved communities. So in 2015, she developed the Mobile Breast Clinic. This unique mobile clinic facilitates remote screening and diagnostic services. It provides screenings, diagnostic services, treatment referrals, education and access to clinical trials to medically underserved men and women in Georgia. It is the first of its kind in Georgia, and among the first in the nation.
Their goal is simple: to save women's lives by working to eliminate disparities in breast cancer care.
Donations help to ensure they are able to provide real, tangible assistance to their communities. SBC provides more than 1000 free mammograms and breast exams to uninsured, unemployed and homeless women each year and provides free educational seminars, workshops, and health fair screenings to promote breast cancer awareness.