Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among American women. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. African American women are not diagnosed with breast cancer as often as white women, but because their cancer is often detected at a later stage, they are more likely to die from it. Cabarrus Health Alliance has several programs aiming to change these statistics. Please visit the links below to find out more information.
The North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings to eligible women.
Sisters in Partnership (SIP)
Sisters in Partnership is a program that aims to reach women in our community through education and support about breast cancer. Women often turn to one another for information, advice, and support about their health. The natural network of support that women share can be a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer.
Sisters in Partnership is an all-volunteer group of women who are seen as role models by other women in their communities. These women serve as community health advocates by educating other women about the important role of regular mammography, clinical breast exams, and breast self-examination in the early detection of breast cancer.
The services of Sisters in Partnership are free and available to anyone who would like to receive them. Volunteers are ready to make presentations, distribute literature, speak to groups, and visit and give support to women and their families with regards to breast cancer. Sisters in Partnership membership is open to all who have a concern for women’s health and well-being.
Meetings are held every third Wednesday of each month at 12:30-1:30pm
Breast Health Outreach and Education Program (BHOEP)
BHOEP promotes breast self-awareness, provides culturally-appropriate breast health education, and helps move women toward obtaining breast health services using the North Carolina Breast Cancer Screening Program model. We assist and support women in overcoming barriers to service access, including cost, lack of transportation, and unfamiliarity with affordable health services. This is done by implementing innovative and culturally competent outreach and education programs by partnering with local faith-based organizations to reach under served individuals who do not have an adequate understanding of breast cancer nor are aware of breast health services available to them. These programs address fears and myths, emphasize the importance of preventive care, and educate on screening messages.