Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Beating Breast Cancer

Five African American women, all breast cancer survivors, share from their hearts to help women beat breast cancer, (14mins).
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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

Collaborating Partners

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.



Project Support

This community activity is supported by federal funding awarded to research programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (grant NIH P60 MD003424 from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities)

meeks "I would tell every Black woman I know that there is every reason to have hope and you will be fine... And the more we engage in healthy health promotion behavior and screening, that is more likely to be the case."
Dr. Monica Peek
, Beating Breast Cancer


"What about your male friends? How are they going to look at you? And I looked at him and I said, 'It's not about them. It's about me. I'm still a woman...and I'm focusing on living.'"
Tasha Weathersby, Beating Breast Cancer




"The Bible tells us faith without works is dead, so you just can't rely on what God is able to do. Knowing that He is able, but at the same time you are capable of doing things as well."
Angela Walker, Beating Breast Cancer