Sisters Network Inc. (“SNI”), the only national African-American breast cancer survivorship organization, has launched TEENS 4 PINK, a new program that aims to educate and empower African-American teens to change the way their family members think and act about breast health.
The program, sponsored by Eisai Inc., is being piloted in Houston, TX and Memphis, TN, two cities where African-American women with breast cancer face some of the highest mortality rates in the country.
Governed by an elected Board of Directors and assisted by an appointed medical advisory committee, membership in SNI includes over 3,000 participants, and also includes more than 40 survivor-run affiliate chapters nationwide. The organization’s purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African-American women around the country.
While African-American women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than Caucasian women, they are more likely to die from the disease. Studies suggest a variety of reasons for these long-standing disparities, including more advanced disease at the time of diagnosis and a longer time between diagnosis and the start of treatment.
Through participation in the program, teens are provided with the knowledge and tools they need to start a dialogue with their loved ones about breast cancer, driving the importance of early detection and urging annual check-ups and mammograms. Teens that participate in Teens 4 Pink will become ‘Pink Ambassadors‘ and work to educate their family members and loved ones about breast health. This includes a free downloadable Family Tree template to track and keep up with your family’s healthcare and any issues.
As noted on the Teens 4 Pink website, it is recommended for African-American women to do monthly breast self-exams starting at age 20 and get a yearly mammogram, beginning at age 35. In fact, four out of 10 breast cancer cases are detected by women who and a lump through a breast self-exam. A woman with one close female relative living with breast cancer has almost twice the risk of a woman without a family history. If she has more than one immediate family relative, her risk is about three to four times higher.
Nearly one in five African-American women living with breast cancer did not learn of their disease until it had advanced to a later, more serious stage. While African-American women are diagnosed with breast cancer less often than white women, they are more than twice as likely to die from their disease. The earlier cancer is detected, the better chance you have to beat it!
Keep Up With Teens 4 Pink:
@Teens4Pink (Twitter and Instagram)
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"