By Gary A. Johnson, Black Men In America.com (October 29, 2017)
Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health announced that it will fund the largest-ever study of African-American cancer survivors. The agency is providing a five-year, $9 million grant for the Detroit Research on Cancer Survivors study, which will look at 5,560 black Americans who have faced the disease and lived.
According to the American Cancer Society, African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers. A continuous reduction in cancer death rates in blacks since the early 1990s has resulted in more than 300,000 cancer deaths averted over the past two decades. Death rates have dropped faster during the most recent time period in blacks than in whites for all cancers combined and for lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer (in women only). As a result, racial disparities for these cancers have narrowed. In contrast, the racial disparity has widened for breast cancer in women and remained constant for colorectal cancer in men, likely due to inequalities in access to care, including screening and treatment
Tonight, The Circle of Caring Cancer Support Group presented their first fashion show, “The Return of the Phenomenal Women.”
The production included women who have overcome enormous challenges, showcasing “The Colors of Cancer” with female and male cancer survivor models.
Dante Productions produced a Broadway-themed show mixing fashion, special effects and entertainment and movie themes. Dante Productions, formerly headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, is now headquartered in Palm Coast.
Ruby Wyche, a cancer survivor who founded the support group in May 2013, spoke to the sellout crowd and announced that no single group existed in Palm Coast or Flagler County “for all (combined) types of cancer. Tonight’s event was a first.
Ruby Wyche, Founder – The Circle of Caring Cancer Support Group
There was something for everyone in the overflow crowd. It was heart warming to see cancer survivors model and walk down the fashion runway with local Palm Coast models and Bold and Beautiful Plus Size models.
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Left to Right: Chauncey Dunham (Dante Productions), Gary Johnson (Black Men In America.com) and singer Stan Alston (The Main Ingredient) supporting The Circle of Caring Cancer Support Group
Ruby Wyche Photo credit: Ruby Wyche