As October comes on by so do the pink ribbons we see around the TAMUK campus. October is known to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for good reason too. Breast cancer is the most common cancer besides skin cancer among American Women. About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
The importance of bring awareness to breast cancer on college campuses is very high. It is important that even though breast cancer is more likely to be diagnosed once you’re older than 40, you should still be aware of how important it is to be screened for it. Although no effective breast-cancer screening tool yet exists for women ages 40 or younger, thousands of lives can be saved due to early diagnosis.
In a Twitter poll, held by @TheSouthTexan, results show that on the TAMUK campus out 47 students 79% of students know of someone who has had breast cancer. These results go to show that out of 47 students who participated in this poll we know that 30 of those students know of someone who has had breast cancer. Bringing awareness as soon as possible could save lives.
“Every year, about 70,000 people are diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39, according to the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress review group.”
The Young Survival Coalition is an international organization that encourages breast cancer awareness in individuals under the age of 40. They believe that of the 70,000 people who are diagnosed breast cancer accounts for 15% diagnoses in that age group.
After doing my research, it’s crazy to know how many people are diagnosed with cancer. You may think that 70,000 would be small compared to how many people live in the United States. We should make it a goal and priority to find a cure for cancer
Breast Cancer can seem like such a frightening thing to hear but the good thing about keeping up with your health is that with any most kinds of diseases that are diagnosed early and are caught on time can be treated properly. I want to encourage all students, both males and females to have checkups often with your family doctor. Even though we are young and aren’t in the age range where you would expect to be diagnosed with a disease, it is better to be sure of your health than to go on not knowing if you have something.
One thing that I’d like to say about cancer or any other disease is that don’t let a disease determine how to live your life or define who you are. Be strong if you are ever presented with a hurdle in your life. Things always get better and the best thing to do whenever something negative appears in your life is to be positive. Any obstacles that are put in your life may be challenging but there is always a way around it. Family and friends are going to be there to support you no matter what you are going through.
I think it is important for students to know how significant it is to keep track of your health not only for breast cancer but also for any type of disease. Together by bringing awareness, we can fight to find the cure to not only breast cancer but to all the types of cancers that exist in our world. We should all be active participants in our communities and bring awareness and be the support group for each other. To all my fellow Javelinas, let’s be the pushing force in the world and strive to find a cure for cancer.