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By: Amanda DeBard
More than 30,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected to
occur among African-American women in the U.S. this year, making it the most
common form of cancer among African-American women.
African-American are more likely to be diagnosed younger and
at a later stage with a more aggressive form of the disease. And, as a result,
African-American women are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer
than white women.
Knowing your girls – your breasts – could help save your
life. Susan G. Komen’s “Know Your Girls”
initiative seeks to educate African-American women about their breast health
and understanding their risk of developing breast cancer.
Start by taking a four-question quiz that will determine how
much you know about your breast health and your family health history.
From there, you’ll be introduced to tools and educational
materials that will help you find a doctor, learn about the different types of
breast cancer and hear personal stories from other women who have been
diagnosed with breast cancer.
Knowing your girls is one of the most important things you
can do for your health today.
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