We face many inequalities and disparities in our breast cancer community, however being black is one of the deadliest. Your skin color should never negate the right to live. At AnaOno, we recognize these disparities and are advocating for change.
The American Cancer Society's 2019 report states:
This is why we have taken the #InclusionPledge along with several other advocates and businesses to ensure we do all we can to shine a light on these disparities other face and close the gap on the difference of treatment and care for our WOC community.
The Inclusion Pledge's purpose is to ensure representation for women of color across advocacy initiatives that impact their breast and overall health. We need action and we need it now. We remain committed to breaking through barriers where we can, and we know that breaking the breast cancer barrier is just one of many issues that need our attention.
Together we can make change.
A person's life should not be determined by the color of their skin, literacy, financial barriers, access, social, systemic, and hereditary backgrounds should not be determinants of life and health equity. Particularly, as we face historical upheaval due to recent racial events, and as patients are impacted by COVID and post-COVID pandemic repercussions, this will cause a critical impact on health disparities for black women within the cancer research and cancer care ecosystem. In order to continue to accelerate impact as it relates to ending disparities for black women, the inclusion pledge is imperative.
Take the #InclusionPledge:
"WE PLEDGE TO ONLY PARTICIPATE IN INITIATIVES – ADVOCACY PANELS, ADVISORY BOARDS, PLANNING COMMITTEES, PROGRAMS, THAT INCLUDE THE EXPERIENCE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN."
Will you join us in advocating for change by signing the Inclusion Pledge? Read more about the pledge at Tiger Lily Foundation.
Visit Sisters Network Inc. to read and understand more about these important challenges faced by black women. Sisters Network is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. Their goal is to reduce the mortality rate of breast cancer among African American women by generating awareness, garnering attention, providing access to information and resources, and supporting research efforts in the ecosystem.
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Recovering from breast surgery can be challenging. Whether you’ve had a mastectomy, reconstruction, lumpectomy or augmentation, there’s bound to be some soreness and limited range of motion during this time. By prioritizing your comfort, however, you can make the process a little bit easier as you feel better each day. One of the best ways to make sure you’re comfortable during recovery is by choosing post-surgery clothing designed specifically for breast procedures. This will allow you to feel better as you heal and adjust to the changes to your body.
Our mission at AnaOno is to make sure patients, survivors and thrivers feel their best during recovery and beyond. Learn more about what makes for the best post-operation clothing and find out where to order some pieces for your own recovery or that of a loved one.