Mark Keppel supports breast cancer awareness

Many people are unaware that October is the National Breast Cancer Month, and students of Mark Keppel support the efforts to raise awareness. Cheerleaders wear pink hair bows in the month of October to support Breast Awareness.

Senior Erin Hang raises awareness when she wears  “pink on Wednesdays.” Hang and her family contribute and donate every year to breast cancer foundations.

Sophomore Thomas Chuong says he will raise awareness by “buying a Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon to put it on my phone or backpack to show everyone that I am a support and I’m helping with the growing problem of breast cancer.” Supporters of breast cancer usually have pink ribbons as accessories on phones, backpacks, hairpieces, pins, or even shirts that say “Save the Ta-Tas!”.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a groups of cancer cells that can grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant organs of the body. This disease usually occurs in women, but it can still happen to men too. In 2014, about 232,570 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed. Around 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the breast will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer). It was estimated about 40,000 deaths from breast cancer this year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. You can support the cause by donating to the American Cancer Society.

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