WHAT IS IT? 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.
MISSION STATEMENT: Our
mission is to help equip women with the facts and figures about breast
health, and help them apply this information to themselves through our
network of support. As advocates for women, we will encourage them to get
regular screening, and assist those with abnormal screening as they move
through the process of diagnosis and treatment. Ours will be a shoulder to
lean on as we help women with breast cancer cope with the changes in their
WHO MAY RECEIVE SERVICE: 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.
HOW THIS PROGRAM IS CARRIED OUT: 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.
Sisters in Partnership volunteers can provide individuals or groups with
information and answers to questions about breast health, help women find
resources to pay for mammograms and follow-up care, and help find
transportation to and from these services. For women who are diagnosed
with cancer, Sisters in Partnership volunteers can listen and "be
there," help them talk through their concerns, and put them in contact
with a support group.
HOW THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS: 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. Sisters in Partnership
volunteers work to increase the number of women who will survive breast
cancer by advocating early detection through regular screenings and exams.
Because 95% of breast cancers are curable when they are detected in the
earliest stages, the volunteers save the community lives and resources.