It is reported that African American women have the highest diagnosis of Sarcoidosis in the United States, but contrary to expectation, not a lot of information is being made available to the public to create awareness
In efforts towards creating awareness, the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR), a leading international nonprofit organization with aim of improving the lives of those impacted by sarcoidosis and accelerating research towards a cure, has announced its partnership with actress and sarcoidosis advocate, Jeryl Prescott.
Prescott together with FSR are promoting the organization’s Ignore No More: African American Women & Sarcoidosis National Campaign, throughout this Black History Month.
The actress is keying into her own personal struggles – her recent diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis, in addition to her previously diagnosed pulmonary and ocular sarcoidosis to raise awareness.
Sarcoidosis is a multisystem inflammatory disease of unknown etiology that manifests as noncaseating granulomas, predominantly in the lungs and intrathoracic lymph nodes. The age-adjusted incidence is 11 cases per 100,000 population in whites but 34 cases per 100,000 population in African Americans, as defined by Medscape.
“I wasn’t always ready to speak out regarding my diagnosis, but I think it’s particularly important now to spread the word,” said Prescott. “I’m speaking out because I care about my community. Until I learned about the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, I was only able to find the most superficial references to sarcoidosis online. Many of these rare diseases run in the family and the more we know, the better we can prevent and treat these diseases and maybe avoid some of the more severe consequences.”
“Although we are saddened to learn of Jeryl Prescott’s progressing sarcoidosis, we are grateful to her for speaking out publicly to help raise awareness about sarcoidosis. We are honored to be working with her on the Ignore No More campaign,” said Mary McGowan, CEO of FSR. “Her partnership will help amplify critical messaging about the disparities African American women face when it comes to sarcoidosis and drive vital attention to this significant health issue.”
Prescott is known for her roles as Madame Xanadu / Nimue in The Swamp Thing, as Naomi King in the Netflix film, Resort to Love and Judge Martha Ross in All the Queen’s Men.
Presently there is no known cure for the disease.