All women are at risk for breast cancer; however, statistics show that although breast cancer incidence among African American women is relatively low, their mortality rate is much higher compared to women of other races. To help reverse this trend, Mercy Medical Center adopted a local chapter of the ANGEL (African American Women Nurturing and Giving Each Other Life) Network in 2005. What started with two ANGELs – Vicki Hogan and Carol Dickey – is now a network of 74 ANGELs strong.
On November 16, Mercy Medical Center hosted an appreciation dinner and program for over 40 ANGELs to celebrate 10-years serving the community. Over the last 10 years, Mercy’s certified ANGELs have participated in 110 health fairs, 116 speaking engagements, Cleveland and Akron Komen Race for the Cures and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. They have also promoted breast cancer awareness among African American women by sponsoring community programs focused on early-detection, screening access and breast health education.
“The ANGEL Network has been a true blessing to Canton and Mercy Medical Center,” said Dina K. Rooney, M.D., medical oncologist and medical director of Mercy Breast Care Center. “The ANGELs truly advocate for improved screening and health services in the community, especially reaching minority women who previously may have lacked faith in the medical community. They have become a shining example of community service and are role models to other communities and health systems,” Rooney said.
Modeled after a program originating in Colorado Springs, Mercy ANGELs are spreading lifesaving messages about appropriate breast care. To learn more, visit cantonmercy.org/angel-network.Please click here for media inquiries