Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Alexis Ferraro, Tiffany Rankin, Rosemary Cennamo and Jessica Stevens show their support for the cause.

Ellcha Fulton, Staff Writer

As we start heading into October we are also heading into National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the United States for woman to develop aside from skin cancer. 192,370 new cases of the cancer are expected to open up within the next year, meaning one in four woman will develop breast cancer.

There are multiple stages of the cancer, and less than half the woman with breast cancer survive. Right now in the United States there are 2.5 million survivors, meaning two in every five people with breast cancer survive. 12.2 percent of woman will develop breast cancer at some point in their life. When having breast cancer you are expected a five year survival rate, and that is calculated with treatment in mind.

For 25 years this October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is trying to get as many people aware about the cause as possible. Schools all across the nation have been raising money and participating in activities in order to bring awareness to the cause. NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer for the past 25 years. Making it one of the top awareness campaigns in the world.

Because so many schools and businesses have become involved with helping out the organization, they have been able to thrive off of donations for a number of years. In the past five years they have received a various number of donations leading up to a $90 million dollar total.

Spring Valley has been involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month for a number of years now. Every year students participate in a “Pink Out” football game, where the students of Spring Valley are encouraged to wear the color pink in order to raise awareness for the cause. For the first time ever this year, the National Honor Society is hosting a lunch strictly by candle light in order to honor those who have passed from the cancer and those who have survived. On October 14th Woman’s Volleyball painted their faces pink while attending a game at Durango High School.

Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of death among woman in the United States, that is why it is so important to spread the word about the cancer. If you know someone who is a survivor or who is battling breast cancer, then the Pink Out game is definitely something you should consider attending. National Breast Cancer Awareness month has been working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services for 25 years now. It is important to spread the word and get everyone you know involved.