Breast Cancer Awareness month touches lives nation-wide, including at UD

Members of Zeta Tau Alpha at UD hosted a fundraiser on Oct. 3 for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Photo via @udaytonzta on Instagram.

Jamie Blodgett | Contributing Writer

Just ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar unveiled her Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis in a blog post in early September. 

Klobuchar completed radiation and a lumpectomy during the earlier months of the year. “Cancer is the word all of us fear” the Senator commented, revealing that after delaying her annual mammogram during the pandemic, the cancer was discovered in February of 2021. 

It has been found that more than one of three adults have delayed health care due to the pandemic. It is now being predicted that there will be an additional 10,000 deaths over the next decade from breast and colorectal cancer alone. This is a 1% increase and is a direct result of treatment and diagnosis delays.

According to the American Cancer society and National Breast Cancer Foundation, in 2021 about 281,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. alone, and another 2,650 cases in men. It has been found that one-in-eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. 

This year 43,600 women will pass away from breast cancer, as well as 530 men. Currently, there are 3.8 million breast cancer survivors, and every two minutes a woman will be diagnosed.

These overwhelming statistics have touched the lives of millions around the world, mothers, fathers, siblings, friends and grandparents. October 2021 will further highlight the effects that breast cancer takes on individuals all over the world.

At the University of Dayton, the athletic department and the bookstore are partnering up with the Pink Ribbon Girls in selling shirts to raise money towards Breast Cancer Awareness. The Pink Ribbon Girls work to “provide healthy meals, housecleaning, rides to treatment and peer support to individuals with breast or gynecological cancers free of charge.” 

Some examples of potential donations and what they are used toward include: $10 for a meal, $25 for a one-way trip to treatment, $60 for two meals for a week, and $100 for the client’s house to be cleaned.  

Some student organizations are also raising awareness this month. On Oct. 3, Zeta Tau Alpha chapter at UD kicked off breast cancer awareness month with their #thinkpink tie dye fundraiser. The sorority sold t-shirts for $10 and had students tie-dye them. ZTA will also host The Big Flyer Campus Event in a few weeks, as well as participating in the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk. 

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