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Reflecting on Pinktober

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The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. According to breastcancer.org, every one in eight women suffers from this disease. The chances of someone you know being affected by this are pretty substantial. “You never know when or if Breast Cancer will affect you, or someone you love,” junior Virginia Hernandez said. “So, it is always a good to show your support for those who do have this disease.”

In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer (when cancer cells from inside the milk ducts or lobules break out into nearby breast tissue) are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. This being said, however, death rates have been decreasing since 1989. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening and increased awareness. “It really means a lot to not only me but everyone else who knows someone that has dealt with Breast Cancer,” Hernandez said. “I cannot stress enough how much it means to see someone doing something as simple as wearing a pink shirt when you know someone who has battled this disease.”

Due to the on-going battle that not only women but also men face, the school made sure to include a pink out as one of the Spirit Week days. This pink-out represented much more than just Breast Cancer Awareness to some students, but it also helped students who have had family members affected by the disease. “Just as much as any other cancer, breast cancer can be terrifying,” junior Kaemon Watada said. “My heart personally goes out to those battling this. That is why I participate in things like wearing pink to show that people do care.”

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