The Beating Breast Cancer Program is an African American community outreach to promote early detection of breast cancer. It is funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the goal is to save lives through increased mammography screening. African American women in Chicago have twice the risk of dying from breast cancer as white women. This is not the case in other cities, so we know this can be changed here. A recent report showed that Chicago has some of the LOWEST mammogram screening rates in the nation, even for women whose screening is paid for by Medicare. Our goal is to help more women get screened for breast cancer, because early detection is the key to saving lives.
Carol Ferrans, RN, PhD, Executive Director
Funmi Apantaku-Onayemi, Ed.D, Project Director
Robin Mitchell, BS, Navigator
Marilyn Willis, MS, RN, Community Liaison
The Beating Breast Cancer DVD was developed in close collaboration with the following partners: Greater Roseland Breast Cancer Task Force, Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, American Cancer Society Chicago Region, Chicago Chapter of National Black Nurses Association, Chicago Family Health Center, National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer, Sister’s Network, and the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.