October ‘Pink Out’ supports awareness of breast cancer
by Sophia Vega
photo courtesy of Anthony Zambrano
Breast cancer awareness month helps spread consciousness about an illness that affects one in every eight women in the United States.
“Breast cancer awareness is important because it shows that we are here for the people that have it and it shows that we hope that they beat it, or any cancer in general,” said Jasmine Rojas, senior.
October can be a very important month for students who have family members that have had breast cancer or are currently experiencing it. Friends and family members can support a loved one dealing with breast cancer by getting together to help finish everday chores on a weekly basis to relieve stress, according to cancer.org. Often simple gestures can go much farther than one might think.
“My grandma had breast cancer when I was around six years old. I don’t know much about it, but I remember being scared for her life,” said Rojas.“Luckily, she beat the cancer and she is still here with us.”
In support of many loved ones dealing with breast cancer, students wear pink to honor the situation in which their loved ones were or are affected. The campus was filled with the color pink as the drill team sold their annual breast cancer shirts. The cheer team also used bright pink pom-poms and different sports showed support for breast cancer awareness by incorporating pink into their uniforms. Clubs rallied to create posters empowering those fighting breast cancer.
“We should be educated on all different forms of cancer, but breast cancer should be talked about more often,” said Mya Carrillo, junior.
This type of cancer is more likely to affect females. Less than one percent of all breast cancer cases are male.
“I think it’s scary to think that that we, as females, are more likely to get it because you never know if it might be you one day, especially if it runs in your family,” said Rojas.
There are more than 200,000 cases of breast cancer every year in the United States.
“Breast cancer awareness is important because this can happen to anybody,” said Evelyn Gomez, senior. “Not a lot of people talk about it and we should all be aware of this situation that happens to women and even some males as well.”
Students can help spread breast cancer awareness by supporting organizations and activities