Planting the S.E.E.D. to Health and History
In honor of Black History Month, let’s Plant the S.E.E.D. for Survivorship, Education, and Early Detection for Women of Color!
How can I Plant the S.E.E.D. during Black History Month?
Some health conditions like cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure, can be genetic. Together, we can trace back our family history to find out what health risks run in our family!
Download your family health tree for Black History month and trace your family history back three generations. Ask questions of your siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents to find out what health conditions may run in your family.
Bring your family tree with you the next time you visit your primary care physician. If you have a family history of a disease or condition a doctor can help monitor your health and keep attuned to risk factors you may face. A doctor may begin screening early, put you on a medication, or ask you to undergo genetic testing based on your family history.
DBCC will be offering a $100 gift card to one lucky participant. After you complete the family tree and discuss it with your doctor, visit our online survey (http://bit.ly/DBCCBHM) you will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card. Contest is valid February 1, 2015 through January 30, 2016.
Why is Planting the S.E.E.D. so important?
The Black History Month “Plant the S.E.E.D. to Health and History” Campaign is a part of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Planting the S.E.E.D. (Survivorship, Education, and Early Detection) initiative for women of color. Black women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, even though they tend to be diagnosed less often with the disease. Many factors play into this disparity, including having fewer social and economic resources, having cancers that grow faster and are harder to treat, and not getting prompt follow-up care.
To combat this disparity, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition has developed the Planting the S.E.E.D. initiative aimed at educating women of color about breast health, connecting women of color to resources to screenings, promoting annual mammography screening in the African American community, and celebrating African American survivors.
What can I do to help spread the word?
Promote the Black History Month “Planting the S.E.E.D. to Health and History” Campaign by sharing flyers and content on Facebook & other social media platforms
Talk to people in your community about breast cancer during black history month share the family health history tree with them. Think local churches, community centers, women’s groups, etc.
Recruit/Identify key leaders in the communities of the women who need the services of DBCC (especially the under/uninsured and/or unemployed).
Learn more about Planting the S.E.E.D. all year by visiting: http://debreastcancer.org/programs/planting_the_seed