October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this the perfect time to call attention to some of the statistics about the disease. For women in the United States, it is the most common cancer diagnosed and the second leading cause of death.
In the Lone Star State, the numbers are worrisome. Texas is expected to see more than 18,000 new cases of breast cancer in 2020, with 3,288 deaths. Sadly, our state has the second-highest number of deaths due to breast cancer each year.
The data is even more concerning within the Hispanic community, according to the American Cancer Society:
- Cancer is the leading cause of death among Latinos living in the U.S.
- One in three Latinas living in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
A cancer diagnosis is particularly dangerous for Hispanic women in North Texas, where only 26 percent have health insurance. When cancer strikes, most Latinas don’t have all the support they need or access to treatment. And as the Hispanic population of Texas grows – Latinos are on pace to become the largest demographic group in the state by 2021 – we will likely see the cancer numbers continue to climb.
However, there is good news: Raising awareness of the risks of breast cancer can make a big difference. In fact, more than 42 percent of all cases of cancer could be prevented through lifestyle improvements. Plus, increased awareness leads to earlier detection, which can save lives. Generally, the earlier cancer is found, the easier and less costly it is to treat.
That’s where United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is working to make a difference. Access to healthcare is one of the key levers of our Aspire United 2030 goals, a 10-year plan to drive impact in North Texas, because it directly impacts the overall success of our region. One of the ways we’re focused on improving health is by partnering with community organizations to provide valuable resources that raise awareness of topics such as breast cancer prevention and detection, particularly among the Hispanic community.
United Way invests and supports projects and initiatives such as:
Rosa es Rojo
Rosa es Rojo, a past United Way Social Innovation Accelerator fellow, makes wellness and prevention more accessible to the high-risk population of Latino women through two signature programs:
The Rojo Way: An informative, immersive wellness program delivered to Latinas through community partners, including Bachman Lake Together, Wesley Rankin Community Center and Avance North Texas, among others. This 20-hour program works to educate and train attendees and their families in the areas of health, prevention and wellness, with a focus on promoting nutrition, physical activity, emotional health awareness and positive thinking. In October, the team has held five Zoom-based Rojo Way trainings, serving 133 women from South Dallas.
SuperVive: A Spanish-language podcast and YouTube channel that covers important health and wellness topics, created specifically for the Latina community. The newest episode of SuperVive, “Transforming Adversity into Gold,” features an inspiring interview with Sandy Mora, a breast cancer survivor who shares the story of her breast cancer diagnosis, journey and recovery and discusses how to learn and grow from adversity.
Breast Cancer Resources
We’d also like to share several valuable blog articles in both Spanish and English with helpful information about breast cancer awareness and prevention, and the cancer journey.
Articles in Spanish:
- La calma que precede a la tempestad: 15 pasos después del diagnóstico de cáncer
- Conoce a Lesly: ejemplo de supervivencia
- Elige quién te acompaña a supervivir (cómo elegir bien a tus doctores)
- Habla bien frente a personas con cáncer (qué decir, y qué no decir)
- Recurrencia del cáncer: el cáncer de uña (vivir con el fantasma de la recurrencia)
- ¿Reconstruirme? Decisiones post-mastectomía
- Qué decir, y qué no decir a una mujer sin cabello
Articles in English:
Through these and other programs, United Way Dallas is working to improve breast cancer awareness and prevention in North Texas, especially among those communities that are hit the hardest by the disease.
This article was published on: Oct 27, 2020