Title

A community/faith-based breast health educational program focused on increasing knowledge about triple negative breast cancer among Black women in Prince William County and surrounding areas

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Originally Published In

JOCEPS: The Journal of Chi Eta Phi Sorority

Volume Number

59

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

6-10

Abstract

Background: Black women have higher rates of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) as compared to women from other racial/ethnic groups. TNBC is a rare form of cancer that is aggressive and more challenging to treat. Little is known about breast health programs designed to educate black women about TNBC. The purpose of this project was to implement a community/faith-based breast health educational program for black women focused on increasing knowledge about TNBC. Methods:This study was an educational program to increase knowledge of TNBC to 450 black women. Knowledge was measured before and after the program. Results: Participants had increased correct knowledge on all three TNBC topics. These items were knowledgeable about potential health concerns of TNBC, TNBC is more common in blacks than whites, and TNBC is potentially one of the more aggressive and deadly forms of breast cancer. Conclusions: Educating black women about TNBC and early detection and mammography screening is vital for survival. This study demonstrates that black women can benefit from culturally appropriate educational programs about TNBC. Increasing knowledge about TNBC can save lives and prevent the harmful consequences associated with this disease among black women.

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