Yes, I'm being very sexist! This post is for the Sistas only! So all you Brothas who just had to troll by here to read what truths ole SjP was putting down...SHAME ON YOU! But, now that I have all y'all's undivided attention - keep on reading because what I have to say is really important. In fact, its truly a MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH!
So no more beating around the bush!
HERE ARE THE FACTS:
- African-American women with breast cancer are 67 percent more likely to die from the disease than their white counterparts. In addition, African-American breast cancer patients are younger when they are diagnosed and are more likely to be diagnosed with later stage disease than white women. Source
- African-American women who are premenopausal are twice as likely to get a certain type of breast tumor, one that is a particularly virulent form of breast cancer, than other women. Source
- African American women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age and have larger tumors and more lymph node involvement than Caucasian women, a Yale School of Medicine researcher reported today. Source
- Cancer is more likely to come back in the breasts of African-American women with early-stage breast cancer who undergo breast-conserving surgery than in their white counterparts, according to the largest study of its kind. Source
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And that's all good; but its not enough to be aware. YOU GOT TO GET YOURS - YOUR MAMMOGRAM. I don't know about you, but I personally know about 10 women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 10 years. Thankfully, most are survivors but as I said most - not all! Tomorrow morning, I'm going to GET MINE because early detection is the KEY TO LIFE.
Sistas, if YOU GOT YOURS sign the Linky and let us know the date in the comments. If you haven't made your appointment - STOP NOW! GO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT and then come back and sign the Linky and put your appointment date in the comments.
And Brothas, if you've read this post and if you pledge to make sure that your wife, mother, auntie, and cousins'nem get their yearly mammo - you can sign, too! Remember this can mean LIFE or DEATH! And that's a VERY SERIOUS MATTER.
Painting: Circle of Promise by Synthia SAINT JAMES
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® commissioned artist Synthia SAINT JAMES to create “Circle of Promise” in support of its Circle of Promise program, an initiative dedicated to re-writing the story on breast cancer in the African American community. “Circle of Promise” is meant to inspire hope, healing, unity and love in our shared vision of creating a world without breast cancer.
Obliged to you for hearing me,
and now old SjP ain't got nothin' more to say...