The Women’s Health Team at Fenway Health celebrates October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fenway Health offers onsite screening mammography services, as well as referrals to our partner hospital Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for additional diagnostic imaging and specialized breast care. Our Women’s Health Team also provides gender-affirming cancer services, such as cervical cancer screenings, tobacco cessation, and nutritionists.
These services are vital to helping break down barriers to care for LGBTQ women and women of color. Although breast cancer rates have decreased in Boston since 2007, these groups continue to be disproportionately affected. The first step is education. Browse this page for statistics and stories about breast cancer and visit our Women’s Health page to learn more about our services.
Cancer Awareness Resource Guide
In this resource guide, you will find information on cancer disparities for women of color and LGBTQ women, health education on cancer screenings and preventive health measures, and local resources for cancer survivors of color. We hope this guide will foster sisterhood, strength, and holistic health in your life.
Audre Lorde, a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” who battled cancer for 14 years, considered speaking up — whether about women’s health or identity — to be an act of survival. Take a moment to hear about healing and survival from the women of color whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Infographic
According to the National Cancer Institute, over 12% of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Learn about how women of color and LGBTQ women are disproportionately impacted by the disease and what steps can be taken to minimize barriers to culturally competent care.