Circle of Promise

By Audrey Williams

May 7, 2011 Updated May 7, 2011 at 6:24 PM CDT

No one can hide from cancer.

Breast Cancer can effect anyone, males and females, young and old.

Statistics show African American women are effected in different ways.

One group has made a promise to change that.

Race is not considered a factor that increases a woman's chance at getting breast cancer.

However, statistics show it does have an affect on the rates of developing and dying from the disease.

Rebecca Henry, a 16 year survivor says, "They think it just happens to certain people, and it don't it happens to anybody."

The Circle of Promise is trying to change those numbers through raising awareness in the African American community by teaching the importance of breast health and mammograms.

12 year survivor Georgia Little stress how important early detection is, "if you catch it in time you won't have to prevent it you won't have to try to fix it if it's not broken."

African American women are slightly less likely to get mammograms, and lower screening rates increases the chance of diagnosis at an early stage.

Donna Crowder is a Circle of Promise Advocate and says there are many reasons women don't get regular mammograms, "Some of them being under insured if not no insurance at all or the myth that it can't happen to me."

Little says, "some people are afraid and for some maybe it's financial."

Survival rates have recently increased among all races giving all the more reason to celebrate.

Little adds being a survivor brings a camaraderie among the women, "we are like sisters, once you see a lady with a pink hat on, pink shirt on, she is no longer just a lady, she is your sister. I don't care what color she is, doesn't make any difference"

And for anyone, no matter the race the message remains clear.

"Have your mammogram because lives can be saved, says Henry."

For more information or ways you can join go to circleofpromise.org

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