Although breast cancer continues to impact people from all backgrounds, there are significant differences within the mortality rates among racial groups. During the early 1980s, breast cancer death rates for white and African American women were about equal, but during 2001-2005 African American women had a 37 percent higher death rate.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Circle of Promise has pledged to do our part to ensure that African American women are empowered with the information and tools they need to take charge of their own health and serve as ambassadors in their local communities. The Circle of Promise movement is designed to engage African American women to help end breast cancer forever by fostering increased awareness, support, empowerment and action.
Join this powerful movement to motivate and empower the community, mobilize and get active in public policy efforts and dispel myths that prevent women from getting the needed access to care that can save their lives. We rely on everyday women like you to get the word out. Won’t you join us? We need your help in:
- Mobilizing the community to ensure that women everywhere have access to the care they need
- Empowering women to make a promise to reclaim their lives, their health and to be strong advocates in their communities
- Dispelling myths in the African American community that prevent women from getting early treatment for breast cancer
Help us rewrite the story of African Americans and breast cancer. Join the Circle of Promise now. We're encouraging you to Know Your Health to Know Your Self. For existing ambassadors, you will receive our Health Heritage Tree. This special family tree allows you to list your family members as well as any health conditions, i.e., cancer, diabetes, etc. We believe that understanding your family's health history will help you make healthy choices in everyday living.