This month there has been much discussion about Breast Cancer Awareness which is needed in our communities. And as we all know breast cancer does not discriminate and affects us all. Whether you speak English or Spanish you still need to be informed. Unfortunately, there aren’t always materials in Spanish to help get the information across to Spanish speakers. But now thanks to organizations such as BreastCancer.org – a non-profit, leading breast cancer patient resource – there is Spanish-language support to bring the most up-to-date information about breast cancer to the Spanish speaking community.
While Hispanic women are statistically less likely than other ethnicities to be diagnosed with breast cancer, their death rate from the disease is higher, a fact that the organization found troubling. “We realized that more Latinas were dying of breast cancer due, in large part, to the lack of access to in-language information about the disease,” says Dr. Marisa C. Weiss, president and founder of Breastcancer.org. “We hope that this initiative will help raise awareness of preventative and treatment measures that will empower Latinas and help save lives.”
Joining in the fight against breast cancer and helping BreastCancer.org to raise awareness within the Latino community are two very amazing Latinas – actress Judy Reyes (Gun Hill Road, Scrubs) and leading oncologist Dr. Generosa Grana.
Spokesperson Judy Reyes, best known for her role as “Nurse Carla Espinosa” on the hit TV series Scrubs, understands the issue intimately as the daughter of and caregiver for a breast cancer survivor. Reyes had just moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She quickly found herself returning to the Bronx to care for and support her.
Dra. Generosa Grana is associate professor of medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the division of hematology and oncology at the Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. She is also adjunct assistant professor at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, New Jersey.
Please watch below to hear about this incredible initiative and how you can now join in the fight against breast cancer. And remember to share the information and spread the word. Let your voices be heard…now in English and Spanish!