SYSK: ACS volunteer wants women to be a little selfish - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

SYSK: ACS volunteer wants women to be a little selfish

Posted:
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Betty Johnson wants women to spend more time taking care of themselves. Once a month, Johnson organizes a luncheon through "Body and Soul" as a volunteer of the American Cancer Society and other health agencies.

"This is my way of fighting back and awareness is the best weapon," said Betty Johnson.

The main purpose of the luncheons is to get African American woman to be proactive in the fight against breast cancer.

"You can't settle just for mammograms. You have to examine yourself. Become more proactive," said Johnson.

Besides yearly mammograms, Johnson preaches self-exams. Often.

But she also encourages an overall healthier lifestyle to decrease a person's risk of getting cancer.

"Healthy overall, eating healthy, making sure you don't get so busy taking care of somebody else you forget about yourself and that's what she focuses on," said Linda Sanders.

Betty Johnson got involved with the ACS more than seven years ago after both her sisters were diagnosed with forms of cancer. Her older sister is now a breast cancer survivor.

Johnson said a higher percentage of African American women are diagnosed with breast cancer in its later stages. That's why she wants all women to focus more on themselves.

"You have to be more responsible for your health," she said.

Back in January, Betty Johnson received the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Achievement Award through the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans. The award honors people for their commitment and service to the community.

"She would just do about anything for you. She's just a giving person," said Sanders.

Betty Johnson said knowledge is power, and the more women know the importance of self-breast exams, the more lives can be saved in the fight against breast cancer.

Powered by Frankly