(BPRW) New app dedicated to saving the lives of black women with breast cancer
(Black PR Wire) Breast cancer is colorless, but the journey, story, and experience of a black woman cancer survivor is radically different from that of a white woman. Studies suggest that black women do not have the highest incidence diagnosis of breast cancer, but they have a higher death rate than other races of women.
When Reverend Tammie Denyse received her diagnosis, she learned that black women have a 41% higher death rate than white women with an identical diagnosis. Shaken by this revelation, she was propelled by her personal wish to LIVE despite the diagnosis and to be there to save a community of black women facing the same circumstances.
Now a 17-year-old breast cancer survivor, she has dedicated herself to advocating for cancer patients and their families through the trauma of being diagnosed with cancer. She co-founded Carrie’s Touch with her late sister Lynne Rankin-Cochran targeting the local faith community.
When Reverend Tammie realized the heartbreaking statistic that 41% of black women die more often than white women, she sought to understand why.
Diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer that had already started to spread, her oncologist told her she might not live until her coveted 5-year anniversary.
She was offered to participate in a clinical trial, but was shocked when her oncologist said she didn’t know how black women responded to the trial. It was then that Reverend Tammie was determined to live not only for herself and her children, but also to help other black women live.
In its 15th year of operation, Carrie’s TOUCH launched the Survive and Thrive app. This is the first app of its kind designed by BIPOC women for BIPOC women who are fighting for their LIFE after being diagnosed with breast cancer. the Survive and thrive The app aims to reduce the disparity in breast cancer mortality among black women. They are unwavering in their commitment to overturn the staggering statistic that remains today.
Reverend Tammie explains, âBeing a pastor and a black woman, focusing on the faith community was organic for us,â she continues. “We needed to get the word out to black women in the community and educate them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.”
Although breast cancer is colorless, the journey, story, and experience of a black woman surviving cancer is often drastically different from that of a white woman.
Black women are weighed down by many factors, including lack of adequate support, lack of doctor-patient trust, lack of financial and material resources, lack of awareness and data, and lack of cancer education. breast and its many treatments and side effects.
Survive and thrive The goal is simple and draws on the breast cancer diagnosis from Reverend Tammie’s personal journey, the women she serves, her commitment to supporting more Black, Indigenous and Colored women and humanizing their breast cancer experience. breast.
Reverend Tammie says Survive and thrive is the future of breast cancer advocacy because it is still unacceptable that black women die at rates 41% higher than white women.
“We are implementing tangible support and resources for Black, Indigenous and Colored women and creating a clearer channel of communication and understanding between patient and physician through a more complete picture of the woman as a whole,” not just her diagnosis, âshe adds.
The main features of the application are:
- âI WILL BE DIAGNOSEDâ page which offers a simple âStart hereâ option for new survivors.
- Meditations, affirmations, journals and reminders created for breast cancer survivors.
- Support groups, videos, financial resources, color oncologists, free / low cost therapy, and other resources.
This app is available on iOS devices and provided free of charge by Carrie’s TOUCH
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