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According to Net Wellness, Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis among African American women, and among women nationwide. Studies have shown that when African American women follow the same preventive measures as white women, their death rates from breast cancer are very similar. However, African American women are more likely than white women to be diagnosed at later stages of the disease and are more likely to die from it.

What is not often discussed is the fact that while insurance companies will cover mammograms after the age of 40, most African American women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer between the ages of 25-39. As a result, it is very important that we utilize monthly self exams and require our doctors to do annual Breast exams as well.

What are the risk factors?
There are some unchangeable risk factors, such as: age, gender, family history, genes or having an early menstrual cycle (before age 12) that increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
However there are a few risk factors that you can control such as: over indulgence of alcohol (drinking more than 1-2 glasses of alcohol per day) and weight control/obesity that are linked to increased risks of Breast Cancer.

Dispelling myths
Breast implants, using antiperspirants, and wearing underwire bras have not been found to raise your risk for breast cancer. There is also no evidence of a direct link between breast cancer and pesticides.

In response to all of this, the Black Female Development Circle, Inc. will be implementing the “Think Pink Thursdays” Campaign! In addition to everything our individual chapters are doing in their local communities, we are asking that all members of BFDC wear pink each Thursday in the month of October in combination with BFDC paraphernalia (bags, hats, charms, etc) as a symbol of our solidarity and to bring more awareness to this devastating disease.

We also hope that you all will do your part through fundraising and/or utilizing social media (i.e. facebook, twitter, etc) and all other opportunities to EDUCATE the community, EXPLORE alternatives for the cure, ENHANCE our way of life, and CELEBRATE the memory of loved ones lost and the lives of our Survivors!

For more facts about Breast Cancer go to:
http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics/breastcancer/bc.cfm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000913.htm

To calculate your risk of developing Breast Cancer go to:
http://www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool/