Breast cancer affects women of all races and ethnicities, but unfortunately, it has disproportionately affected many women in the black community.
In 2011 it was estimated that 6,040 black women would die from breast cancer, a statistic that is significantly higher than the mortality rates of women of other races. However, this year has seen many breakthroughs that are monumental steps towards finding a cure.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month here are several black women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Some of these women are survivors, some have passed away, but they all deserve recognition for their effort to battle this difficult disease.