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“Poppin’ Facts For Breast Cancer”

Javanna Rogers, Staff Writer

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Tau Alpha Chapter Maya Jones and Taja Akins fundraising in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo by Javanna Rogers.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Delta Sigma Theta Inc. hosted a “poppin’” event to get students aware of breast cancer. They were tabling in the Student Union Lobby on Oct. 22. 

“This event is popping facts for breast cancer. Once you pop the balloon, a fact comes out and the fact goes on the board. We are also accepting donations that will be going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. You also get a pink ribbon that shows you are aware of the risks of breast cancer,” said Maya Jones, senior rehabilitation science major. 

The boards gave facts such as:

  • Risks for breast cancer increases with age; most are diagnosed.
  • In the year 2017, approximately 316,000 females and 2,500 males in the United States will develop breast cancer. 
  • Women who have had radiation therapy on their chest or breast before age 30 have a higher risk for breast cancer.
  • Women who start their periods before age 12 are exposed to hormones longer. 

“The foundation provides educational information of all aspects of breast cancer including explanations of breast cancer risk, risk assessments, and screen recommendations of mammography,” said Taja Akins, senior radiography major, of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

“There are also more organizations like Susan G. Komen Foundation such as the Center for Disease Control and Preventions, breastcancer.org, The National Cancer Institute, Mammography Saves Lives, and American Cancer Society.” 

“It is important to be aware of breast cancer because it has become more common in men. Most men think that they cannot get breast cancer but it is not true due to them having breast tissue just like women. I hope for more students to become more aware of how to check their breasts. I hope they understand the risks they are capable of having and also understand how the lymphatic system plays a part in the breasts. I want them to understand there are other organizations such as the Susan G. Komen foundation that can make you more aware of breast cancer and the risks of having it,” said Akins.  

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. holds a Breast Cancer Awareness event every year. 


Not Just a Pink Ribbon

Rebecca Munday, Staff Writer

On Oct. 8, The University Programming Board (UPB) hosted Blue+Gold=Pink Paint Day in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the Student Union patio. Students were invited to make art to raise awareness and were given paint and canvases to get their vision included.

Participants in the Blue + Gold = Pink Paint Day. Photo by Rebecca Munday.

“I just wanted to support breast cancer awareness,”said Kenya Cousin on why she came to the Blue + Gold = Pink Paint Day. 

 Students crowded around three tables with trademark pink tablecloths to work on their art. Many paintings depicted the traditional breast cancer pink ribbon with a colorful background. Other paintings featured more than one ribbon. One painting featured the word “hope” with a ribbon in place of the letter “O.” 

Kee’Ara Smith with her finished painting. Photo by Rebecca Munday.

The painting that Amaiya Murphy did was of a woman’s bust. When asked why she included more of the body than the rest of the paintings, “It’s for breast cancer awareness month so that’s why I chose to include the breasts,”  Murphy said matter-of-factly.   

For Ciara Scurry, this event hit close to home; she said “I came [to the event] because my aunt recently passed away from breast cancer.” 

Health Services had an informational table with breast models that students could feel the model and what an abnormal lump in the breast felt like and where to look. The table also had a chart telling students where to look for lumps. 

Lajoyce Mcgrew painting her ribbon. Photo by Rebecca Munday.
Lajoyce Mcgrew with her finished painting. Photo by Rebecca Munday.

After painting, some students participated in a one-mile fun run at the Student Recreation Center from 1-3 p.m.

For more information about breast cancer or other health services contact Health Promotion Coordinator Dr.Gemma Skurtatan at (912) 478-1283.