** Note: 100% of funds raised via YouCaring.com will be desposited in accounts managed by the Asian Pacific Community Fund that will ONLY be used for programmatic expenses like those stated below. **
NABCI is a not-for-profit pilot project currently spearheaded by Privy Groupe (privy.net), fiscally managed by the Asian Pacific Community Fund (apcf.org), and endorsed by the Asian and Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network, which is part of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (apiahf.org).5 REASONS WHY “ASIAN”:
1. There seems to be a pervasive stereotype among medical professionals in the U.S. that “Asian women don’t get breast cancer,” yet it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and one of the leading causes of death among Asian women in the U.S.
2. Because a large percentage of Asian-American women are from Asia where it is estimated almost 70% do not get regular mammograms, Asian women are the least likely in the U.S. to get a regular mammogram. Furthermore, studies show that Asian women tend to develop breast cancer at a younger age so it is even more important to get a clinical breast cancer exam early.
3. Asian-born women who have been living in the U.S. for more than 10 years have up to an 80% higher risk of developing breast cancer than their newly-arrived Asian immigrant counterparts.
4. Asian females tend to have “dense breasts” where mammograms may miss up to 60% of cancers in women with dense breasts. As a result, Asian females with higher mammographic density may require more expensive and therefore harder-to-approve ultrasounds and MRIs to detect breast cancer early.
5. There is currently no national organization or project that addresses breast cancer among Asian Pacific Islanders, yet there are unique cultural, linguistic and genetic challenges specific to Asian women who face this disease.USE OF FUNDS:
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NABCI is a startup non-profit initiative, therefore we have decided to become an official program affiliate of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization that can receive donations on NABCI’s behalf and disburse funds for its activities and programs.
All funds raised will be used for programmatic type of expenses. The NABCI team is in the process of evaluating what types of activities and programs can make the most impact. Thus far, here are a few that we have identified:
+ build a multi-language information and resource directory website at asianbreastcancer.org
+ produce printed in-language materials that can be distributed to breast cancer outreach centers throughout the U.S.
+ solicit and create a Youtube channel for Asian breast cancer survivor stories in multiple languages
+ create a medical exchange for U.S. and Asia-based breast cancer doctors to share best practices for detecting and treating breast cancer for Asian women
+ organize a national breast cancer awareness campaign targeting Asian women in the U.S. (especially immigrants)
+ become an advocate for public policy and research that relate to breast cancer and Asian women in the U.S. and abroadNote: 100% of funds raised via YouCaring.com will be desposited in accounts managed by the Asian Pacific Community Fund that will ONLY be used for programmatic expenses like those stated above. CONTACT:
If you would like to inquire about NABCI, please email us at: [email protected]
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