Stage Play Presents Avenue for Breast Cancer Education

Stage Play Presents Avenue for Breast Cancer Education

“The Purification Process, A Stage Play” debuted in Seattle in November 2013.

Komen Puget Sound hosted a discussion panel about breast cancer in communities of color following a weekend matinee performance of “The Purification Process,” a stage play that depicts the life of a professional African-American woman who seems to have it all until she’s diagnosed with breast cancer. The play, which was funded in part by a grant from the Affiliate, premiered in Seattle on November 2 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

The November 16 discussion panel was moderated by Board Member Juli Farris, and was comprised of Marilyn Calbert of YWCA-Seattle-King-Snohomish, Dr. Pat Dawson of Swedish Medical Center Seattle, and Callista Kennedy of Public Health – Seattle and King County. The panel discussed topics relating to the incidences and fatality rates of breast cancer among women of color as well as access to care and breast health tips. Members of the audience offered insights and raised questions about the importance of doctor-patient relationships in the fight against breast cancer.

Although breast cancer diagnoses within African-American communities tend to be fewer than in other groups, the mortality rate is often higher due to lack of access to care as well as inadequate education about breast cancer. “Our partnership with The Purification Process has been a tremendous opportunity for us to reach out to this underserved community through the arts,” said Elisa Del Rosario, Komen Puget Sound’s director of grants, education and advocacy. “It’s been exciting to be involved in such a unique outreach effort within the African-American community.”