The Breakfast Club, Inc., an African American breast cancer support group founded in 1997 by St. Louisian and breast cancer survivor Sherrill Jackson.
The Breakfast Club Inc. (BCI) began as a breast cancer support group serving primarily African American women residing in North St. Louis City and County. Over the years other programs have been implemented and the mission has broadened. Current mission is:To impact the St. Louis Metropolitan community through education, awareness, resources and support concerning breast health, breast cancer and breast cancer prevention and screening.
The Breakfast Club Inc. Goals are: • To increase the rate of mammography screening, clinical breast exams and breast self-awareness among African American women residing in North St. Louis City and County. • To decrease the incidence of late stage breast cancer in the target population. • To increase the availability of breast cancer information, resources, navigation assistance and support to underserved women in the St. Louis community.
The Black Women Breast Cancer Survivors Project, a community-based project that conducts programming and research at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. BWBCSP assists African-American women to navigate the hospital system, provide information regarding insurance - what is and is not covered. BWBCSP has completed two studies: One examined women’s experiences with breast cancer and the second looked at the quality of life after diagnosis.
UMSL also is sponsoring their second annual “Knowledge is Power” conference for the St. Louis community on Nov. 6.
The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Centerat Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach for Missouri and beyond.