& THE BLACK COMMUNITY
According to current data from the Centers for Disease Control, Black women in the United States are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than their white counterparts.
Identification of individuals who are at higher risk of developing breast cancer, such as individuals who carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations can help to reduce this disparity. However, multiple studies have demonstrated that rates of BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing in the United States are substantially lower in Black women than white women.
We want to change this.
Discussing hereditary cancer, genetic counseling, genetic testing and risk management options for Black individuals
We plan to build this website focused on providing culturally competent and tailored resources on hereditary cancer, genetic counseling, genetic testing and risk management options for Black individuals.
Planned resources include the following:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section with high level information on:
overall risk of developing particular types of cancer
how family history influences individual risk
information on genetic counseling and testing
Videos and blogs featuring Black patients who have undergone genetic counseling and testing.
Printable worksheet to collect family history
Printable information guide to take to genetic counseling appointments
Featured bios of Black healthcare providers
Sisters & Brothers