Hattie McDaniel Breast Cancer Awareness
ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
" One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime."
"One out of every 35 women will die from the disease."
Although African American women develop breast cancer less frequently than Caucasian women, African-American women have the highest breast cancer mortality rates among American women. Hence, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is committed to providing education on and active support of early detection as well as research for the prevention and cure of breast cancer.
Our aim is to:
Increase awareness and knowledge of breast cancer and its disparities.
Educate women (of all ages) about breast cancer and breast cancer risks.
Promote early detection of breast cancer.
Provide African American women with breast health resources in the hope of living longer, more productive lives.
Our long term goal is to reduce the breast cancer mortality rates found in our population. Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American actress to win an Academy award and one of our most notable sorors, succumbed to breast cancer. This initiative was created to honor her memory.