"Empowering the Asian community with knowledge and implementation of early detection of breast cancer.”
Asian Breast Health Outreach Project (ABHOP) reaches out to the underserved Asian population in the Dallas and surrounding counties, minimizing the barriers that keep Asian women from fully participating in early detection of breast cancer by bringing breast health awareness in Asian languages to Asian communities. By providing free education that could be understood and mammogram services with Asian speaking staff to those in need, Asian Breast Health Outreach Project makes a difference in the lives of women in the Dallas and surrounding areas.
Asian Americans represent a wide variety of languages, dialects, and cultures as different from one another as from non-Asian groups. Asian Americans have historically been overlooked due to the “myth of the model minority”: the erroneous notion that Asian Americans are passive, compliant, and without problems or needs. The effects of this myth have been the failure to take seriously the very real concerns of this population.
More than 1 million Asian Americans live at or below the federal poverty level.
Asian American women have the highest life expectancy of any other group. Only 48.5 percent of Asian and Pacific Islander women 50 years and older in the U.S. have had a mammogram or clinical breast exam within the last two years, the lowest rate of screening among all racial/ethnic groups.
Cancer is the number 1 cause of death among Asian Americans. Factors contributing to poor health outcomes include language and cultural barriers, stigma associated with certain conditions, and lack of health insurance.
By breaking the language, knowledge, and cultural barriers, the goal of Asian Breast Health Outreach Project is to equip Asian women with knowledge to lead healthier lives.
Asian Breast Health Outreach Project is sponsored by: