Let’s bridge the gap in breast cancer outcomes

February 6, 2024

This February, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition joins hands with the nation to celebrate Black History Month.

Black History Month is a time for reflection, and it is important to recognize that a sobering reality persists: Black women in the United States bear the highest burden of breast cancer diagnoses compared to any other racial/ethnic group.

For example, Black women face a disproportionately higher rate of triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form that accounts for 10-15% of all cases. Though TNBC affects people of all races, Black women in Delaware face a particular risk. Data released March 2, 2023, demonstrated that Black women in Delaware experience the highest rate of TNBC in the country.

Triple-negative breast cancer is different because it refers to cancer cells lacking estrogen or progesterone receptors, tends to grow and spread faster than other breast cancers, and can have the same signs and symptoms of other breast cancers. It is vital to remember that early detection saves lives. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the more treatment options are available.

Natalie Belcher, a TNBC breast cancer survivor and survivorship specialist at DBCC, said, “When I was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer  in 2015, my first comment to my surgeon was ‘What are we going to do about it?’ My thought here was for my daughter and my granddaughter to come. My surgeon was not surprised by the question because she had known me for some time and knew that I was a fighter, and I believed that with courage and hope (my faith), I was not going to let this thing become my history!”

DBCC stands resolutely with the Black/African American community, offering crucial screenings and support programs to dismantle barriers and ensure everyone has access to the resources they need.

Join the fight against breast cancer this Black History Month through these simple actions:

Schedule your routine mammogram today. Early detection is crucial, and the DBCC can help you overcome any barriers to getting screened. Call us at 1-888-672-9647 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Raise awareness about TNBC. Talk to your family and friends about this aggressive form of breast cancer and share information about its specific signs and symptoms.

Support the My Sister’s Keeper program. This free program provides knowledge, understanding and support to people of color at any stage of their breast cancer journey.

Advocate for health equity. Speak up against racial disparities in healthcare and support policies that improve access to quality care for all.

Let’s turn Black History Month into a catalyst for change. Together, we can bridge the gap in breast cancer outcomes for Black women and ensure everyone receives the care they deserve. Go to or call 1-888-672-9647 to learn more about the DBCC’s programs and how you can make a difference.

Mackenzie Blithe is public relations coordinator for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.
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