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New docuseries empowers Black women facing breast cancer

Merck partners with Emmy-nominated actress Yvonne Orji to launch Uncovering TNBC to amplify stories of Black women battling triple-negative breast cancer

October 20, 2021

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Merck and Emmy-nominated actress Yvonne Orji are partnering to shed light on the challenges Black women face with triple-negative breast cancer in the online initiative Uncovering TNBC.

The three-episode docuseries features Sharon, Damesha and Tiah, three patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). The docuseries and the accompanying educational website highlight the difficult journey Black women face when diagnosed with TNBC, an aggressive type of breast cancer that non-Hispanic Black women are two times more likely to have than non-Hispanic white women. Over the course of the series, Orji engages in honest dialogue with women who were diagnosed with TNBC to spotlight their triumphs and raise awareness of their barriers to care.

The initiative takes a hard look at the realities Black women face when battling TNBC and the disparities and challenges they must learn to navigate. The episodes and materials aim to empower Black women and give them the tools to advocate for themselves.

“Their stories are real and they’re very raw. Inspiring, and at the same time, emotional, and what they do is create community, awareness and support.”

Yvonne Orji

With a master’s degree in public health and a nurse for a mother, Orji has a passion for closing the health equity gap.

“I hope these stories uplift women with TNBC and inspire them to get the care they need,” she says.

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Uncovering TNBC

Supporting patients from diagnosis to survivorship