Breast Cancer Genetics Research and Education for African American Women Team (B-GREAT) seeks to conduct research to improve care in those with inherited cancer, as well as increase awareness about the role of genes in breast and ovarian cancer that “runs in families” among the Black community. By increasing knowledge about hereditary breast cancer, we strive to empower those at risk to make the most informed decisions regarding their healthcare options.
What is B-GREAT?
An academic-community partnership that was developed to address breast cancer health disparities in Black women. Our nationwide team includes researchers at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Moffitt Cancer Center, community leaders, breast cancer survivors, healthcare providers, and patient advocates, many of whom are members of the Black community.
This partnership has been instrumental in the development of educational materials to improve the awareness about inherited breast and ovarian cancer in Black women. Additionally, through our research studies, we are interested in learning more about why young Black women are developing breast cancer.
Why Are We Interested in Breast Cancer in Black Women?
Black women are more likely to develop breast cancer at younger ages compared to women from other races and ethnicities. 7-10% of all breast and ovarian cancers are caused by changes in breast and ovarian cancer genes (called BRCA1 and BRCA2), which are passed down from one generation to the next. Historically, Black women have been less likely to participate in and benefit from genetic counseling and testing for breast cancer genes.