Stronger2 stands in solidarity with breast cancer thrivers. While White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than Black, Hispanic, and Asian women, Black women are more likely to develop more aggressive, more advanced-stage breast cancer and be diagnosed at younger ages. Black women are also more likely to die from breast cancer. Some of these differences in outcomes may be attributed to less access to mammography and quality medical care, as well as, various lifestyle patterns (diet and weight management) that are more common in some ethnic groups.
Studies confirm greater incidence of triple-negative breast cancer types (estrogen-receptor-negative, progesterone-receptor-negative, and HER2-negative). New treatments for triple-negative breast cancer are being studied in clinical trials. But Black women are under-represented in clinical trials and so may have less access to some of the most promising therapies.
The Stronger2 initiative seeks to change and improve these factors and outcomes with culturally specific health literacy education and actionable steps to take. We aren't just strong, we are Stronger2!