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By Black Health Matters

As mothers, women are often viewed as the mainstay of the family. The complexities of Black family life present a number of other variables that are all too familiar among African American wives and mothers.

We are the core from which everyone must grow, learn, thrive and prosper, but under continuously adverse conditions. Our nurturing skills go far beyond the daily norm of checks and balances that other women use. Our instincts are sharp and certain because they have to be. 

We inherited that faculty from our mother, who inherited it from her mother. These are not uncharted waters, and we innately know which way to steer our children and men in order to help them reconcile their helplessness in the face of unwarranted injustices.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to utilize our instincts and nurturing skills for ourselves, and we look at every possible option when faced with serious health issues like breast cancer. 

Today, clinical research can be an untapped resource, particularly if you’re living with breast cancer. Clinical studies are at the heart of progress in finding new and more effective medicines. 

And since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, what better time to get involved?

Bristol Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company, has formalized the perfect starting point for patients to research clinical trials for breast cancer and other serious diseases. is the pathway for patients, their caregivers and physicians to learn more about how clinical trials work and how they might be part of making sure new medicines are effective and safe. The site provides patients with the full spectrum of the clinical study process so they can have a more active role in their health care. If you choose, you can read about other patients’ stories. has made it possible for a wider variety of patients to take advantage of clinical studies. What’s more, not only allows you to search for clinical trials by disease and location, but you can also pre-screen for a trial to see if you are a match. 

You’ll find everything you need to know to become a confident participant. For more information, please visit