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VSU students bring awareness to breast cancer

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Red and black are the colors you see most on the campus of Valdosta State University, but a different color is taking over this month.

Some students decorated the campus in pink for breast cancer awareness month.

They're reminding people about the second leading cause of cancer death for women and raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Organizations like Zeta Tau Alpha at Valdosta State University urge you to think pink this month. They're educating and bringing awareness to breast cancer. They've decorated the campus in pink.

"We want to do our best to inform the campus and the community so they know the severity of the disease," said Mariah McDaniel with Zeta Tau Alpha.

About 210,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and 40,000 die.

"We actually paired with Susan G. Komen in the late 70s and all of our proceeds have been going to that and it just means a lot of us to know that we're making a difference," said Savannah Dixon with Zeta Tau Alpha.

Most of us know someone affected by breast cancer. Every Wednesday this month you can honor and memorialize someone whose had the disease on this sheet on the campus.

They're handing out educational material like shower hangers that demonstrate self breast exams and collecting donations.

Early detection is the key to fighting breast cancer and saving lives.

"The major thing that women need to remember to do is make sure they're getting their health screening and make sure they're living healthy," said Courtney Sheeley with South Health District.

Men can get breast cancer to but according to the CDC it's rare, accounting for less than one percent of breast cancer cases.

Last year the sorority raised more than $14,000. They're hoping with the month long series of fundraisers, including a male beauty pageant ,a 5K run, and selling pink t-shirts to wear to a VSU football game, will help them double that number.

Women between 40 and 64 who don't have insurance may be eligible for a free health screening.

To find out more on the BreasTEST and More program click here.

For Pink events at VSU click here.  

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