BNC’s ‘Be Well’ Series Highlights Health Issues in Black Community

In Summary

BNC is highlighting diseases and health issues disproportionately impacting the Black community in a new series. 

BNC, a network committed to engaging African American viewers, is dedicated to giving a voice to underserved communities in all sectors, including health.  

In a new “Be Well” series, the network highlights health issues that disproportionately impact the Black community with personal stories, advice from experts and tips on living and being well.  

Breast Cancer  

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women. While mortality rates continue to fall, new studies show Black women in the United States are more likely to die from breast cancer, regardless of when they received their diagnosis.  

The warning signs of breast cancer include:  

  • A breast mass in the underarm 
  • Redness and swelling 
  • Nipple discharge 
  • Thickening of breast 
  • Extreme Pain 
  • Retraction of nipples  

Resources for breast cancer can be found here

Colon Cancer  

While colon cancer is a disease that has a successful cure rate, early detection is key. African Americans are more than 20% more likely to develop colon cancer and 40% more likely to die from the disease.  

The warning signs of colon cancer include:  

  • A persistent change in bowel habits 
  • Bloody stool 
  • Abdominal discomfort that is persistent 
  • Weakness or fatigue 
  • Unexplained weight loss  

Resources for colon cancer can be found here

Lung Cancer

It is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. African Americans, particularly Black men, develop the disease at higher rates than any other group, but there are things that can be done to protect yourself and your family.

Resources for lung cancer can be found here.


October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. 16% of Black people in the United States have reported having a mental illness. Jay Barnett, a former pro-footballer who is now a licensed therapist, author and speaker, is one of them. After a personal experience contemplating suicide, he turned to therapy to heal from past traumas and pain. Now, he’s helping Black men do the same.

Sleep Deprivation

According to the National Health Interview Study, between 1977 and 2009 Black adults were twice as likely to sleep less than seven hours per night. 

Experts talk about the importance of rest in America, especially among Black people, and give tips on how to get proper rest.  

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death for men in the United States, but when caught early, there is hope.BNC correspondent Anita Bennett speaks with a man whose cancer battle inspired him to help others.

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.  

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