|In loving memory of Ferne Dixon|
I wrote to them because young women, particularly African American women, get diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer before the age of forty. If they wait until forty for their first screening, it can be too late, and often is. I explained what the Before Forty Initiative does and how it saves lives. I even quoted studies from their own site that African American women disproportionately develop TNBC over Caucasian women. Here are excerpts from the request:
“...we need help with our most important program, the Before Forty Initiative. My first cancer was found at age 39 only because I had baseline screening starting at age 35. Because my cancer was TNBC, I was very lucky that it was found before it spread. However, many women who were part of No Surrender, were not so lucky. Their triple negative tumors were found too late. African American women were the majority of this group, and unfortunately, they are all gone now.
As you know, because Komen has published some of the studies, African American women disproportionately develop TNBC at a younger age. This is also true of Hispanic women and women of Ashkenazi Heritage. The current standard of screening is for women to get their first mammogram at age 40 or older. This can have deadly consequences to a young woman who has a TNBC tumor...they need to get formally screened before the age of forty...
The Before Forty Initiative is empowering, educational and ultimately, will save the lives of young, African American and other high risk women. ”
Your project, “Before Forty Initiative” is not eligible for funding because Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s current screening guidelines are not in line with what your organization promotes.
And thus endeth the lesson.
They state on their own site that African American women get TNBC young. They say they are "fighting for us," and have raised billions of dollars for the "fight against breast cancer." But when a program as simple and pure as early screening and education about the most aggressive form of breast cancer that is attacking and killing young women asks for funding, it is denied because they believe women should not be screened until after the age of forty. Does that sound like they are fighting for you?
I ask you, my readers, fellow breast cancer warriors, friends, and supporters, the next time you sit down to write a check to the Pink, consider helping us save lives instead. We need your help and we need it now and so do the young women out there who don't even know what TNBC is and don't know that they should get checked out now, before it is too late to help them.
You see, we believe in what we promote and we promote what we believe. 100% of your donations go to helping women with breast cancer.
I made a promise to Ferne and to Lori and to Steph and to Lisa and to Vicki and to over twenty other young, beautiful women who lost their lives to TNBC because their cancer was found too late. I take my promises seriously and I will never, ever back down, I will never lose my focus and I will fight for us forever.