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Support and Advocacy Groups: Minorities and Special Populations

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African American Women in Touch
Memorial Hospital & Health System
615 North Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46601

African American Women in Touch operates out of the Memorial Hospital & Health System in South Bend, Ind. The organization educates African-American women about breast cancer, provides information on early detection, and offers free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. It also provides a network of support through its monthly support meetings and annual health care symposium. African American Women in Touch provides women facing breast cancer with transportation to treatment, wigs and free prostheses.

Black Women's Health Imperative
1726 M Street, N.W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036

The Black Women's Health Imperative is a health education, research, advocacy and leadership-development institution. Its website provides information, educational materials, news and other resources related to health issues facing black women.

Intercultural Cancer Council
Baylor College of Medicine
1709 Dryden Road, Suite 1025
Houston, TX 77030-3411

The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) is an advocacy group devoted to promoting policies, programs, partnerships and research aimed at eliminating the unequal burden of cancer on racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its territories. It provides cancer fact sheets on its website and sponsors a biennial symposium to promote discussions of cancer in minorities and medically underserved communities.


Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation
1-877-99-CREED (1-877-992-7333)
260 South Broad St., 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation offers financial assistance to women in the Philadelphia region who are undergoing breast cancer treatment. The foundation provides free and low-cost mammograms to uninsured and under-insured women. The Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation also offers women and their families informational materials and access to cancer detection and treatment resources.The organization’s Rainbow Circle addresses the needs of lesbian, bisexual and transgender breast cancer survivors. The Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation also runs Safe Circle, a program for African-American women.

125 Second Ave., Room 13
New York, NY 10003

Malecare is an organization devoted to the health needs of men. The organization provides information on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male breast cancer. Malecare also provides information on the sexual side effects of cancer treatment. It also hosts support groups throughout the nation. The organization facilitates cancer support groups for gay men and also reaches out to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people through its LGBT cancer project. Information on the Malecare website is available in a variety of languages, including Spanish, French, Italian and Russian.

Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization
1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20009

The Mautner Project is a support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of lesbians and their families, especially those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The Mautner Project aims to educate lesbians about their health and to educate health care providers about their lesbian patients. Among its many activities, the Mautner Project coordinates in-person support groups and offers phone support services.


Native American Cancer Research
3022 South Nova Road
Pine, CO 80470

Native American Cancer Research seeks to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Native Americans. It offers culturally sensitive information and support to Native Americans living with cancer. The organization's website includes information on clinical trials and treatment, as well as materials and support for caregivers.

Native People’s Circle of Hope
9770 S.W. Ventura Court
Tigard, OR 97223

Native People’s Circle of Hope is an organization of Native American cancer survivors that offers culturally sensitive support and counseling for Native Americans facing cancer. Native People's Circle of Hope operates several chapters in the United States and Canada.

Nueva Vida Inc.
2000 P St., N.W., Suite 740
Washington, DC 20036

Nueva Vida is made up of Latina breast cancer survivors and Latino health care professionals who are committed to providing culturally sensitive support services for Latinas living with cancer in the Washington metropolitan area. Nueva Vida offers support, education and resources in both Spanish and English.

1086 Teaneck Road, Suite 3A
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Sharsheret is a national organization of cancer survivors that provides culturally sensitive support and information to Jewish women facing breast cancer. Sharsheret also offers specialized information for the friends and families of breast cancer patients and for women who have a high risk of developing the disease.

Sisters Network Inc.
8787 Woodway Drive, Suite 4206
Houston, TX 77063

Sisters Network increases awareness about the impact breast cancer has on the African-American community. The organization provides African-American women with educational materials about breast cancer risk, symptoms and treatment. Sisters Network maintains support-group chapters in about two dozen states.


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August 5, 2011