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Pink Out Day: Delgado students raise awareness of breast cancer

By La’Donna Bryer and Tiffny Harris

 

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On Oct. 14 Delgado Community College’s City Park campus hosted pink out day, an event to educate students, faculty and the public on the second leading cause of death in women worldwide: breast cancer. Mrs. Pasty LaBranch , a breast cancer survivor, spoke to the audience about her story of survival, hoping to give others who have been diagnosed or will be in their lifetime, hope.

 
Pink out day featured speakers who talked about their journey as breast cancer survivors, the bounce stylings of DJ Lucky Lou, and a group letter of love and support for cancer patients and their families made by students.
The Student Government Association (SGA) decided to host the event to educate city park campus’ population about breast cancer. According to The United states National breast cancer center, “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime…(Breast cancer) is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death among women…. each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.”

 
Pink out day was not just for the ladies; men can get breast cancer as well. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated “…2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.”

 
The Delgado City Park SGA hopes to continue this dialogue on campus as an ongoing effort to provide students and faculty members with vital information, such as treatment options, mammograms and support for cancer patients and their families.

 
Where to go to get free resources for Mammograms in Louisiana:
•Louisiana Breast & Cervical Health Program (Louisiana DOH)
•River Region Cancer Screening and Early Detection Center: 1-(225) 675-6896 or 1-(800) 518-3558
•Feist-Weiller Cancer Center (of Louisiana State University)Mobile mammography
• Susan G. Komen Referrals:
• New Orleans
• Acadiana
• Baton Rouge

 

 

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