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Beat Breast Cancer: Stay Aware, Stay Healthy, Stay Alive!

This October, Northwest Leadership Foundation is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women. Additionally, African American women with breast cancer are more likely to die from it and at a younger age as compared to white women. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting
    mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years.

You may also choose to get them more often. Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of  yours has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

In 2011, the Carol Milgard Breast Center Board of Directors commissioned the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to assess how the organization could best serve under-insured and at-risk populations in Pierce County. The analysis showed that there is significant variation in the incidence of breast cancer, the use of mammography, and socioeconomic barriers to care throughout Pierce County.



Leaders in Women’s Health

Based on the results of the study, the Carol Milgard Breast Center commissioned the Northwest Leadership Foundation to complete a qualitative study outlining the barriers preventing African American women from seeking preventative screenings, as well as diagnostic testing and aftercare. The study began with a series of six listening sessions engaging 6 churches, two civic groups and 79 participants. Most importantly, the energy cultivated from the study has evolved into the Leaders in Women’s Health group to address these health disparities as well as speak truth to power in establish equitable, quality to women of all ethnic and economic backgrounds.


Leaders in Women’s Health continues to meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month (Breakfast Provided) from 7:30-9am at: Carol Milgard Breast Center, located at 4525 South 19th Street Tacoma, WA 98405. New members are always welcome; join us in this important fight!


Video PSA

Facts about Breast Cancer among African American Women






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