Have you heard the phrase, “every woman’s cancer is unique”? While the biological complexity of cancer is well-documented, many clinical trials do not include women of colour. The experiences of many Black, Indigenous and people of colour are not reflected during medical appointments or at support services and elsewhere.
We recognize and support the continued need for greater focus on the experiences of Black, Indigenous and people of colour in the cancer care space. We hope that by supporting the experiences of directly affected women, the gap in care is reduced.
Women’s College partnered with The Olive Branch of Hope to launch Every Breast Counts – a first of its kind resource hub for Black women by Black women affected by breast cancer. The hub provides an extensive list of resources tailored specifically to the Black community, and was developed to help combat misogynoir in the healthcare system. Read more
“Hair is an essential part of many women’s identities […], and so some women find hair loss quite damaging to their esteem and self-concept, and they can experience this hair loss in a way that’s similar to grief.” Read More
Being told you have cancer is hard. Not being able to discuss your diagnosis with loved ones or not being heard by your care team only adds undue stress to an already difficult time. For some women of colour, these experiences are all too real. We asked Dr. Mojola Omole, Surgical Oncologist, what they tell their patients to help mitigate these challenges. Read More
Following surgery, scar tissue can form over the wound to protect and repair the skin. In some cases, extra scar tissue develops and forms a raised scar called keloids. While keloids are not harmful, they can cause concern and affect a person’s self esteem. Curious how to bring up keloids and scarring to your care team? Read More
Karen Logan-Lenford was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. What was her first order of business after beginning treatment? Speaking out about her diagnosis. Karen knew how important it was for her to be open and honest about cancer—a topic not many people of colour are comfortable approaching. Read More