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Pink Sunday is an initiative at Komen Colorado and around the country to educate African American women on breast health and the importance of early detection. Faith-based organizations can host a Pink Sunday anytime during the year to bring awareness to its members on the affect breast cancer has in the African American community and what actions individuals and a community can take to increase screening rates and support those diagnosed with the disease.
Among African American women, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Although breast cancer incidence is lower among African American women, there is a 41% higher breast cancer death rate for African American women when compared to Caucasian women.
There are many barriers standing in the way of African American’s improving their breast cancer survival rate. Some include: biological and genetic differences in tumors, risk factors, barriers to health care access, health behaviors and later stage of disease at diagnosis. However, we can change these numbers through education, earlier screening and increased access to medical treatment.
To learn how Pink Sunday can be a part of your community, click here.
Pink Sunday events in Colorado:
To volunteer with the African American Outreach Committee, click here.
Many LGBT people choose not to have their medical screenings because of past negative or perceived homophobic experiences within the medical community. They are also less likely to know their body and how their breast looks and feel because of public health messages that focus on heterosexual health care and many LGBT people are hesitant to come out to their health care providers. Because of this, Komen Colorado has created the LGBT outreach program to train and educate providers to offer culturally sensitive, safe, and welcoming care to LGBT patients.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual women and transgender people have a greater risk of breast cancer than other women. The risk is not because of their sexual orientation. Rather, it is because some risk factors for breast cancer and barriers for breast cancer detection—never having children and not seeing a doctor on a regular basis—occurs more often in these populations.
If you are interesting in becoming involved with the LGBT outreach group, please complete a Volunteer Application.
Komen Colorado created the Hispanic Outreach Program in order to increase awareness about the importance of breast health and early detection of breast cancer among the Hispanic community. We want to educate and empower Hispanic women and men to take an active role in their own breast health.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Hispanic women in the United States. It is also the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. In the U.S., this population is more likely to be diagnosed with large tumors at a later stage than Caucasian women. This is due to the lack of education for the Hispanic community. Another barrier is the access, or lack-there-of, to healthcare as well as health behaviors. These all lead to a decrease in breast cancer survival rate for this community.
If you are interesting in becoming involved with the Hispanic Outreach Program, please complete a Volunteer Application.
Komen Colorado created the Underserved Outreach Program in order to reach out to women and men who have limited access to breast health information and health care access to the homeless community. It is a newly formed program and based on the needs assessment that was taken earlier this year; we have created a strategic plan to support the providers in their breast health education efforts.
We are supporting breast health awareness and the importance of early detection as it relates to the specific needs of this population by meeting at various homeless shelters to provide the population with education materials and healthcare resources that are made available to them through Komen funding.
If you are interesting in becoming involved with the low-income and homeless outreach group, please complete a Volunteer Application.
Komen Colorado created the “Young Women’s Program” in 2005 in order to increase awareness about importance of breast health and early detection of breast cancer in women ages 18 – 34. The mission of the Young Women’s Program is to — educate and empower young women to take an active role in their own breast health, by reaching out to them through outlets which play a major role in their lives.
There are four primary focus areas of the Young Women’s Program; they include College and High School Outreach, Scout for the Cure, Passionately Pink and I’m the Cure programs.
The focus for the outreach to colleges encompasses collaborating with college health centers, health fairs, and student organizations to get breast health information into colleges and to educate students on breast health.
If you are interesting in becoming involved with the Young Women’s Program, please complete a Volunteer Application.
Komen Colorado has created this group to focus on unique education and awareness needs of the rural populations in our 22-county service area. A lot of the rural counties have limited access, resources and knowledge about breast health and breast cancer.
We want to increase the awareness of the vast array of breast health information and awareness that Komen Colorado provides, as well as, increase access to breast cancer screenings, diagnostics and treatment by reducing financial and transportation barriers to our 22-county service area.
If you are interesting in becoming involved and helping our rural communities learn more about breast health and the services Komen Colorado provides, please complete a Volunteer Application.