Each October, we team up with an organization that we believe is doing important work around breast cancer awareness and research. Through those relationships, we have learned a lot about the disease, how to detect it, and who is at risk. Last year, we also learned, that black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women (CDC).
Some Contributing Factors...
Lack of Health Insurance and Access to Healthcare
"Black women are more likely to be screened at lower resourced and non-accredited facilities and also experience longer intervals between mammograms, and between abnormal results and follow-up."
(Source: Gendered and racialized societal expectations, barriers, and delayed breast cancer diagnosis 2018).
“Black women with breast cancer experience a significantly worse financial impact. Disproportionate financial strain may contribute to higher stress, lower treatment compliance, and worse outcomes by race. Policies that help to limit the effect of cancer-related financial strain are needed." (Source: Financial Impact of Breast Cancer in Black Versus White Women 2018)
This October, we are honored to be partnering with Sisters Network® Inc for the second year in a row. Founded in 1994 by four-time breast cancer survivor Karen Eubanks Jackson, SNI is a leading voice and the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. As a nationally recognized organization among leading medical establishments and breast cancer physicians, Sisters Network is also recognized as a critical information resource for African American women including financial resources, support groups and transportation resources to name a few.
Smart&Sexy has committed a $1 for every purchase in October 2021* to be donated to the SNI’s COVID-19 Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP). This program was created to provide financial support to breast cancer survivors impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. In addition, it provides mammograms for women who cannot afford to pay for a mammogram or are non insured. That’s a purchase you can be proud of.
It is imperative that we talk about Breast Cancer this month, and always.
When was the last time you talked to your mom, sister, or friends about breast cancer? Remind your loves one, that when it comes to breast cancer, early detection is imperative. Mammograms, clinical and self-breast exams are all ways we can stay on top of changes in our own bodies, but it’s also important to have honest and consistent conversations, online and off. Encourage and inspire your loved ones to check in on their health.
*Smart&Sexy will donate a $1 for every purchase in October 2021 to the Sisters Network® Inc. (SNI) for the Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP) up to $20,000.