A volunteer group encourages women of color to get annual mammograms

María de los Ángeles Campoverde pours her heart into every pink hat she knits. She made 50 this year.

Campoverde said she makes the caps for women who lose their hair due to chemotherapy.

She is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed back in 2013.

Campoverde recalled her first reaction.

She said the word cancer initially made her feel like it was a death sentence, but it became her motivation to fight.

Her daughter Yessenia Echevarría founded the group Mujeres de Acción eight years ago to advocate for the importance of breast cancer screening.

“As Hispanic women, we often play the role of supporting everyone but ourselves,” Echevarría said.

According to the American Cancer Society’s 2021 report, breast cancer death and incidence rates are 30% lower among Hispanic women compared to white women.

However, in 2018, they found that among women over age 45, the prevalence of updated mammograms was 64% among non-Hispanic white women compared to 60% among Hispanic women.

“What ends up happening especially in the Hispanic community is unfortunately women are then diagnosed with maybe stage 2, stage 3 cancer,” Echevarría said.

Twin Cities Community Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Michelle Ribas, reminds women not only to do annual tests, but also to listen to their bodies.

“Any lumps and masses, breast discoloration or increased pain,” said Dr. Ribas.

Mujeres de Acción is all about sisterhood.

“To have a support system to help them, whether it’s connecting them with resources, whether it’s advocating for them, whether it’s finding them the right organization, the right non-profit organization that’s going to make sure they’re getting the services they need,” he added. is Echevarría.

Mujeres de Acción is hosting its 8th Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

It will be held at Saint Williams Church, located at 6410 Santa Lucia Road, Atascadero, CA.

With the funds raised, organizers hope to donate a wig and financially support a woman facing breast cancer.

Tickets are $25.

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