SCSO in the pink for breast cancer awareness

Alicia Farmer
October 10, 2018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide campaign that involves thousands of organizations, all coming together to find a cure and to raise awareness.

John Bel Edwards proclaimed October 2018 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Louisiana to bring an increased awareness to this disease that impacts more than 3.1 million survivors in the United States.

Griffith University's iconic bridge across the Smith Street Motorway is once again spending its evenings awash in a stunning shade of pink in support of the fight against breast cancer. "We trust that our contributions have a part in helping both expanding awareness, and helping towards early detection".

"The cancer is gone and I'm still here", Connie said. "There will also be an interactive board so people at Tech can come write the name of a loved one that has either passed away or is going through breast cancer just to kind of remember them".

"I honestly wasn't the best about checking as often as I should have, but I would check every now and then since I was in my mid 20s", Gorbett said. If cancer is detected while enrolled in the program, treatment resources are made available.

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Kelly Ray of KentuckyOne Health Breast Care said with the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer that affects women. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, while breast cancer is thought to be a disease of the developed world, nearly half of breast cancer cases and 58 percent of all breast cancer deaths occur in less developed countries.

"The Zeta foundation gives back to Zetas across the nation that helps us put on events like this", she said. We've known for a while that your risk of breast cancer gets lower with some lifestyle changes.

Doctors estimate that about five to ten percent of breast cancer is hereditary. My aunt was diagnosed with cancer in the early 2000's when her four girls were very little. "I can't be as close to them the entire time".

"That's why it's so important to get to know your body and know what's normal for you".

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