Today at the Northeast Campus students and staff participated in our Breast Cancer Awareness Month "Dress Down Day."
It was a great success. We had more than 200 students donate $3 and wear pink shirts in support of breast cancer awareness. Proceeds will go toward equipment, activities and prizes to benefit our Fall Carnival on October 25, 2014.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease.
Teachers took time today to discuss this national health initiative.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Each year, it is estimated that more than 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Although rare among men, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually.
The good news is that death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part because of screening and early detection, increased awareness and continually improving treatment options, according to the cancer foundation.
By Ms. Fisher
Northeast Campus Director
Pete McConnell contributed