Who are SHARE Ambassadors?
SHARE Ambassadors are breast and ovarian cancer survivors trained to educate under-served Latino/Hispanic and African-American communities about these diseases.
All are women of color, and they offer educational presentations at community-based organizations in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Why is the SHARE Ambassador initiative important?
Low-income communities of color face health care disparities that are well-documented and need to be addressed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Black women have the highest death rates of all racial and ethnic groups and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. The reasons for this difference result from many factors including having … fewer social and economic resources. To improve this disparity, black women need more timely follow-up and improved access to high-quality treatment."
Latina women are about 20 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than non-Latina white women diagnosed at a similar age and stage, according to the American Cancer Society. Latinas are significantly more likely to present at a later stage with larger tumors that are more difficult to treat. It is believed that these disparities exist because of different access to treatment and lower rates of mammograms in the Latina community.
How have SHARE Ambassadors made a difference?
SHARE Ambassadors reach 22,000 individuals annually with vital information about risks, risk factors, screening, symptoms, and treatments for breast and ovarian cancers.
Two examples include: (1) a breast cancer survivor who had her daughter undergo genetic testing after attending a presentation at a library in Queens, and (2) a young Latina who was motivated to continue her breast cancer treatment, which she had been intending to stop, as a result of hearing a presentation.
SHARE thanks The New York City Council's Cancer Initiative through the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for providing major funding for this project.
Additional funding has also been provided by the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Fund in The New York Community Trust, Genentech, and our donors.
If you'd like to get involved in the Ambassador project or your organization is interested in a presentation or receiving materials, please email [email protected].