Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in American women. According to the National Cancer Institute, women at the age of 40 and older should have a mammogram annually and self-breast exams must be a routine. Breast cancer claimed Hattie McDaniel’s life age 57. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. created the Hattie McDaniel Cancer Awareness and Health Program in her honor and memory. The mission of the program is to provide education and support of early detection of breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and other cancers as well as research for prevention of the cancers.