A 2014 study funded by the AVON Foundation discovered that Memphis had the highest national rate of breast cancer disparities among black women. They were dying of breast cancer at two times the rate of white women.
Since this study, organizations like West Cancer Foundation, community partners throughout Memphis, healthcare providers, and researchers have worked together to study this issue and bring forth services to decrease the disparity gap. Initiatives include funding clinical research, providing free mammograms and diagnostic procedures to underserved women, offering free transportation to appointments, and many other outreach programs across the city.
We are proud to say Memphis is no longer #1 in breast cancer disparities, but we are still in the top 10 and that is unacceptable. We believe there is still so much more work to be done.
Dr. Greg Vidal, West Cancer Foundation, and so many others are working diligently to continue fighting this issue.
To learn more, click video above or visit westcancerfoundation.