The ANGEL Network’s mission is to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease for African American women. Our goal is to spread the word about good breast health practices. It starts with education, dispelling the myths and breaking down any barriers to service.
All women are at risk for breast cancer, but statistics show that although there is a lower incidence of breast cancer in African-American women, there is a much higher mortality rate compared with women of other races. Due to fear, fatalism and silence, many African-American women die needlessly from breast cancer.
The ANGEL Network is fighting breast cancer in our community by offering free or low cost mammogram services to uninsured/underinsured women in Cuyahoga County.
- We recruit and empower peer advocates to educate women in their communities concerning the importance of getting mammograms and learning breast self-awareness.
- We focus on women who are uninsured or underinsured who have not followed the guidelines of getting annual mammograms between the ages of 40 and 65.
- We participate in community health initiatives to find and refer women to our screening services.
- We host special educational events for community partners, churches and women’s support groups to spread the word about early detection that saves lives.
Once a woman comes in for a mammogram we support her by offering:
- Transportation to and from the appointment if needed
- Childcare during the appointment time
- Emotional support and one on one guidance through the process
- Navigation of the health care system to ensure appointments and follow through
- Referrals to other agencies if needed
- Follow up for abnormal exams with the assistance of patient navigators
- Payment for diagnostic and ultra sound screenings if necessary
It is necessary to ensure that any women with a suspicious finding will receive timely diagnosis and treatment. We provide one-on-one contact with the patient at the point of a positive finding. The ANGEL Network and its volunteer advocates are culturally attuned to the people of the community being served. Our navigators are very knowledgeable of the environment and health care system through which the patient must move in order to obtain care.
Why the FIGHT?
Did you know. . .
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. One out of every eight women will be diagnosed. It is the most common cause of cancer death for women ages 40-59.
- The death rate for African American women is 41% higher than other women. The higher death rate is attributed to differences in access to and utilization of early detection and treatment.
- Aside from being a woman, age is the most important risk factor in developing breast cancer.
- Recent studies suggest that women are getting their first mammogram later than recommended. This may lead to more advanced stage diagnosis.
- When breast cancer is found and treated early, many women go on to live long and healthy lives.
If you have not had a mammogram this year and are uninsured or underinsured, and between the ages of 40-65, please contact the ANGEL Network to sign up for free services. We help you remove the barriers that stand between life and death.
Interested in volunteering?
If you have an interest in exploring how you can volunteer with the ANGEL Network, please call 216.491.3527