Thousands of women gathered on April 1 for the third annual Sista Strut to raise awareness about breast cancer, especially for women of color. The 3k walk – which drew 6,500 participants – focuses on the fact that African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40 and have a 41 percent higher breast cancer death rate than white women.
Baptist team members supported the event through education. Baptist Medical Group Radiation Oncologist Angela Wortham shared information about breast cancer at the event. Baptist’s Mammography Disparity Coordinator Venecia Harris provided free breast health education and the Baptist mobile mammography unit was on site.
By raising awareness and stressing the importance of early detection, women have a greater chance of survival.