Black women urge others to get mammograms


MILWAUKEE – In seven inner city ZIP codes – 53205, 53206, 53208, 53210, 53213, 53216 and 53233 – Black women die at a much higher rate from breast cancer than any other ethnic group. The prevent deaths, Black women are taking a “Sister Pact” to encourage others to get screened for breast cancer through regular mammograms.

A new campaign unveiled Wednesday by the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Task Force.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports

Lisa Taylor-Goodwin sees herself as sort of a town crier, ringing a bell to alert people to danger.

She hopes other African-American women will listen to her as if their lives depend on it because in a way, they do.

Taylor-Goodwin began getting mammograms regularly after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 25 years ago. And six years ago, at the age of 38, Taylor-Goodwin learned she, too, had breast cancer.

Growing up in Milwaukee’s 53206 ZIP code and owning a home in the 53216 ZIP code, Taylor-Goodwin was smack dab in the middle of an alarming map that shows women living in seven ZIP codes are much more likely to die from breast cancer.

For more on the “Sister Pact” and mammograms, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel