Hologic support for Breast Cancer Awareness month

Oct. 5, 2021

Hologic, Inc., a company primarily focused on improving women’s health, announced that CEO Steve MacMillan is supporting a series of efforts by Hologic with their Genius 3D Mammography exam and the inaugural Global Women’s Health Index, to increase awareness of the importance of annual mammograms and continue to shed light on the inequities in care, including racial disparities in breast cancer screening.

This initiative comes at a pivotal moment, as recent research has shown that, worldwide, just 12% of women said in 2020 that they had been tested for any type of cancer in the past 12 months.

Additionally, earlier this year a comprehensive study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) found that Black women were less likely to receive a digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exam and less likely to be screened multiple times during a five-year period than Caucasian women.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to reflect on the work we've done with our partners to eliminate breast cancer screening disparities for Black women. While we’re proud of the progress we've made, there is still significant work ahead of us," said MacMillan. “Our commitment to advancing change through education, research and the delivery of care is steadfast, because we believe that all women should be afforded the dignity and benefits of early breast cancer detection."

Complementing this essential conversation is the launch of new educational resources for patients through the P.O.W.E.R. of Sure campaign – a joint effort between the Black Women's Health Imperative (BWHI) and Hologic that examines common barriers to early screening and generates awareness of the importance of annual mammograms among Black women. Campaign spokeswoman Mary J. Blige and several prominent Black women lend their voices to the campaign, which features a multimedia digital hub with resources including common facts and myths about mammography, frequently asked questions regarding breast cancer and screening guidelines, and a list of locations offering breast cancer screening.

Additionally, to reach as many women as possible in October, Hologic has partnered with The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Real to disseminate educational broadcast and digital content about breast health. The partnership will also feature a broadcast fundraising drive supporting RAD-AID, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring equal access to radiology health services for medically underserved communities.

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