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Research Ambassadors for Community Health (ReACH)

Diversity in Breast Cancer Research

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation believes that it is critical for all women to be represented in breast cancer research. We engage advocates to work alongside us and within the community to create awareness and interest in participating in breast cancer research. While breast cancer can be more aggressive in non-white women, diverse ethnic women are often underrepresented in research on treatment and prevention. Why? In part because researchers say they don’t know how to engage a diverse population.

What is Research Ambassadors for Community Health (ReACH)?

Research Ambassadors for Community Health (ReACH) focuses on increasing awareness of our mission and participation in breast cancer research programs by women and men from diverse communities. The role of the ambassador is to serve as a community liaison, supporting the mission and activities of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and creating awareness about participating in breast cancer research. The ambassadors are vital to the success of the program, as they represent their own diverse communities they hold the knowledge of how to connect with and engage others in their communities in breast cancer research.

Join the Army of Women® and take the first step to help change this situation. Be among thousands of women who are changing the face of breast cancer research through participating in breast cancer research studies. You can be a part of making the research programs at Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation even more powerful by helping us increase the diversity of our studies. Join us as we continue to implement our exciting outreach program, Research Ambassadors for Community Health (ReACH)!  With your support, ReACH will address the lack of diversity in research studies with the ultimate goal of reducing cancer disparities for women of color.

Did you know?

  • Overall survival rates for breast cancer have increased, but only for white women. While white women are more likely to develop breast cancer than most minority groups, once diagnosed, white women have better survival outcomes than women of color.1
  • Los Angeles has the second largest disparity in breast cancer survival rates between whites and non-whites of all other US cities (Memphis, Tennessee has the greatest disparity).2
  • African American women tend to develop more aggressive forms of breast cancer and develop breast cancer at a younger age than white women.3
  • The rates of breast cancer in Asian American women are rising, with higher rates in certain Asian ethnic groups, including Japanese and Hawaiian women.1
  • Latinas have lower rates of diagnosis than whites but tend to be diagnosed at a later stage.4

Scientists need a better understanding of how breast cancer develops and affects different ethnic groups. One way to improve the outcomes for those diagnosed with breast cancer is to ensure that researchers have access to women from diverse backgrounds.

ReACH Diversity Advisory Council

Council Members give the Foundation and ambassadors expert feedback regarding ReACH program development and implementation. They are researchers specializing in health disparities as well as breast cancer advocates. With representation across all diverse groups, they provide advice on how to effectively communicate with, engage with, and tailor research material for minority groups including African Americans, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Latinas, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and others.

Goals/Mission

We aim to increase recruitment of diverse ethnic women to the Army of Women (AOW) and The Health of Women (HOW) Study™. We hope to change the research landscape by changing beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions about participating in research by diverse ethnic groups. Together, we can increase diversity in research!

Join Us!

Learn more and sign up for the Army of Women (https://www.armyofwomen.org/)

Learn more about The Health of Women Study (https://www.drsusanloveresearch.org/how-study/my-overview)

References

1 Disparities in Breast Cancer: Through the Breast Cancer-Care Continuum. Breast Cancer Action Fact Sheet. 2013. Retrieved from: http://bcaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Disparities-and-Breast-Cancer-Fact-Sheet.pdf
2 Hunt BR, et al. Increasing Black: White disparities in breast cancer mortality in the 50 largest cities in the United States. Cancer Epidemiology (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2013.09.009
3 American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2013-2014. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc. 2013.
4 Susan G. Komen Organization. Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening | Susan G. Komen®. Ww5komenorg. 2016. Available at: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/DisparitiesInBreastCancerScreening.html