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About the Circle

Who are we?

Circle of Promise is a movement designed to further engage black women around the globe in the fight against breast cancer. 

Why Circle of Promise?

Although breast cancer continues to impact people from all backgrounds, there are significant differences within the mortality rates among racial groups. During the early 1980s, breast cancer death rates for white and African American women were about equal.  Incidence rates stabilized among African American women aged 50 and older during 1994-2007, while rates decreased by 0.6% per year from 1991-2007 among women under age 50.4.

Did you know that…

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women.
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among African American women.
  • Although African American women are diagnosed with breast cancer less often than their counterparts, the mortality rate is higher.
  • African American women tend to have factors that influence a poorer prognosis such as later stage diagnosis, higher grade and hormone receptor negative status (Triple Negative).

“Embrace Your girls” and get to the doctor sooner, to increase your chances of survival.  We want you to do this by:

  • Creating greater awareness
  • Educating ”your girls” on the risk factors
  • Following SGK’s screening recommendations & guidelines and
  • Encouraging women to take action through the use of our Breast Self Awareness  messaging.

So what can YOU do?

As an African American woman now aware of some of the challenges that we face when it comes to “Our Girls”, we want you to make a commitment to follow the 4 steps to Breast Self Awareness while also making a promise to be an ambassador to spread the word for others in your community to do the same.

  • Know Your Risk
  • Get Screened
  • Know What’s Normal for Your Body
  • Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries. Visit Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.