The African American Health Program is committed to eliminating health disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for African Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women in the U.S. Unfortunately, according to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer rates among African American women are rising. After decades of lower prevalence rates compared to white women, that gap is now closing. African American women also continue to have higher mortality rates than women of other races/ethnicities. 

    In general, African American women with breast cancer are 42% more likely to die from it than white women. African American women may have more delays in pursuing follow-up treatment after an abnormal mammogram are more likely to receive diagnoses at later stages. Late diagnoses and delayed treatment correlate to higher mortality rates, contributing to the survival gap between African American women and white women. African American women also have higher rates of triple negative breast cancer, a deadlier subtype of breast cancer.

    Although breast cancer screenings do not prevent breast cancer, they help detect it early, when treatment is more likely to be successful. The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin having yearly mammograms by the age of 45.

    As with other types of cancer and chronic diseases, a healthy diet, an active lifestyle, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help prevent breast cancer. Getting regular exercise lowers a woman's risk of breast cancer 10% - 25% compared to women who do not exercise at all. Alcohol consumption increases breast cancer risk by 7% - 10% for each drink per day. Lack of exercise and alcohol consumption both contribute to obesity, and obesity increases the risk of breast cancer.

    Learn more about breast cancer, download helpful resources, donate, or get involved at 

    Sources: American Cancer SocietySusan G. KomenNational Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.


  • October 10, 2016

    Results of the Community Health Needs Assessment

    Hear the results of the County's Community Health Needs Assessment

    October 13, 2016 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Silver Spring Civic Center (ACROSS FROM THE SPRING ROOM)
    One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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