Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) is bringing its fight against breast cancer to underserved communities in San Francisco.
Demonstrating its commitment to women’s healthcare, the service organization’s new Mobile Mammography Coach will be available to provide free breast cancer screenings on Friday, October 11, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Temple United Methodist Church located at 65 Beverly St. in San Francisco and on Saturday, October 12, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at True Vine Ministries, 896 Newton Carey Jr. Way (formally Isabella Street) in Oakland.
Uninsured women who are at least 40 years of age who have not had a mammogram in the past year or women between the ages of 35 and 39 who are interested in receiving a free mammogram should register at www.assuredimaging.com/AKA or call 888-233-6121.
“Breast cancer screening and awareness is vitally important to African American women because early detection saves lives,” said AKA Far Western Regional Director Carol R. Dixon. “I am beyond excited to bring this free service to our communities within San Francisco and look forward to great participation in this initiative of service from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.”
AKA Sorority, Inc., has become an even more formidable opponent in the fight against breast cancer with the new mobile unit. In addition to the free mammograms, educational materials and other valuable information on prevention will be disseminated. The breast cancer screenings are one initiative in Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Women’s Healthcare and Wellness program.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha members stand boldly in this fight against breast cancer, which is the No. 1 cancer among women,” said AKA International President Glenda Glover. “This is an extremely important moment in the history of Alpha Kappa Alpha because for 111 years the sorority has implemented innovative programs that improve the lives of women, men and children across the globe. Our legacy of exemplary service continues with the new AKA Mammography Mobile Unit.”
AKA is committed to reaching 100,000 women over the next four years. Chapters will also partner with local clinics, rural health centers and hospitals to emphasize the need for African-American women to receive regular mammograms.
“The key focus of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s breast cancer initiative is to provide women access to early detection and education when it comes to the disease,” said AKA International Program Chairman Ora Douglass. “Our overall mission is to help reduce the factors that lead to breast cancer in African-American women by having them visit our AKA Mammography Mobile Unit.”