Festival dedicated to promoting breast health in underserved communities kicks off Friday

Cherri Gregg
May 08, 2019 - 8:23 pm
BreastFest is a free event that works to educate women about breast health and the breast cancer outcomes that disproportionately impact communities of color.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Center City nonprofit is holding a free event all day Friday designed to educate women on breast health, with the goal of closing the health gap in underserved communities.

BreastFest is a free event that works to educate women about breast health and the breast cancer outcomes that disproportionately impact communities of color.

"Black women are diagnosed equally to white women. However, they are dying two times faster," said Keira Ragsdale, the prevention supervisor for Bebashi Transition to Hope.

She says genetics, poverty, lack of insurance and mistrust of the medical system are just some of the reasons why women of color are losing their lives to breast cancer.

"Typically, we are the heads of household, so we kind of put ourselves on the back burner, so we don't go to the doctors as often. And when we get bad news, we don't follow through," she said. 

So on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bebashi is hosting its annual BreastFest complete with interactive educational workshops, cooking and exercise demonstrations, music, giveaways and panel discussions with breast cancer experts and survivors. The event will also provide free clinical breast exams. 

"To empower the community about breast cancer, ways to discover and you know, reduce your risk," Ragsdale added.

The event takes place tomorrow at Congregation Rodeph Shalom at Broad and Green streets. For more details click here