In recognition of Minority Health Month, Mercy Breast Care Center offered Think Pink! Be the Cure, a free luncheon and breast health education event, at Mercy Medical Center at St. Paul Square on April 13. Diane Wofsey, R.N., nurse coordinator for Mercy Breast Care Center, discussed breast cancer risk factors, the importance of mammograms and breast exams, and healthy lifestyle behaviors.
All women are at risk for breast cancer. And although African American women are diagnosed less frequently than white women, they are 40 percent more likely to die from the disease, according to the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Members of Mercy’s ANGEL Network attended the luncheon to encourage others to take charge of their breast health. The mission of Mercy ANGEL Network is to reduce the number of deaths within the African American female population by offering early-detection programs, access to screenings, and empowering African American women with knowledge about best breast health practices.
“I was so impressed with the dialogue between the ANGELs and the women attending,” Wofsey says. “Mercy ANGELs emphasized the importance of sharing your family health history, breaking the veil of silence on the topic of cancer, paying attention to health changes and the opportunities available for preventive screenings.”
Women in attendance received t-shirts, lunch totes and giveaways. Think Pink was funded by a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Think Pink! Will also be held on April 17 at Peoples Baptist Church and April 27 at Sherrick Road Church of God. For more information about Mercy ANGEL Network, call 330-580-4727.