Gabrielle Union stopped by NPR this week to discuss her recent trip to Ghana as part of an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness.
The actress, currently starring in “Cadillac Records,” serves as a Global Ambassador with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Circle of Promise program.
Her trip to Ghana was part of an effort to combat the disease that disproportionally affects a relatively young population in Ghana. Girls as young as 16 have been diagnosed with the disease.
“The biggest thing is just reaching out to survivors and dispelling myths,” Union said, describing the purpose of her trip. “As much as I hate rumors and gossip in the United States, they don’t kill me.”
“We actually dedicated a hospital that, among other things, is geared towards improving breast health in terms of early diagnosis, which leads to early treatment, which leads to a greater chance of survival,” she said.
Listen to Union’s full interview with “News & Notes” host Farai Chideya here.