Beating Breast Cancer, One Cougar at a Time

Kean University has and still supports those fighting against Breast Cancer.

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Beating Breast Cancer, One Cougar at a Time
Kean collects over $500 for the American Cancer Society in their first ever Virtual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk!
Jaclyn Lukas, Staff Writer

Breast cancer has unfortunately become an all too common term in today’s vocabulary but what is breast cancer? 

The American Cancer Society informs that cancer itself starts in the cells and then begins to grow out of control. This particular type starts in the breast and can happen to one or both of them. While it mainly affects women, men are also susceptible to breast cancer. Due to the variety of affected people, bringing awareness to the community about this ever-growing disease is imperative. 

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer (for women) and is the second leading cause of death in women. About 1 in 3 females are affected and it is estimated that 43,250 women will die from breast cancer this year.

“Learn about self breast exams (SBE) and perform them monthly in addition to keeping up with routine physical exams and gynecologic exams," said Kean Wellness Center Nurse Practitioner, Marci Blaszka.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Kean University is no stranger to supporting this community and its cause. The following events will be held throughout the month, for students and staff to show their support: 

  • Breast Cancer Poster Making Session - Oct. 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

  • Bracelets for Breast Cancer Awareness - Oct. 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. 

  • Ballin for Breast Cancer - Oct. 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

  • The Pink Pumpkin Contest - Oct. 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. 

  • Breast Cancer Walks - Oct. 16 & 23dat 8 a.m. 

The Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) is hosting bracelet and poster making events so students can show their support in a fun, interactive way. The sisters of Sigma Beta Chi want students to join them in their FIRST ever Pink Pumpkin contes. The person who creates the most informative and creative pumpkin will receive a special prize. 

To round out the month, students can look forward to the Ballin' for Breast Cancer basketball game and two different Breast Cancer Awareness Walks. The basketball team and alumni will show their support with a charity basketball event, all proceeds of going to the Connie Dwyer Foundation. Taking place at the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk and the Middlesex County College Campus, students and staff are strongly encouraged to join their peers in these amazing walks for awareness. 

“My mother-in-law and several friends are breast cancer survivors. I also worked on an in-patient oncology unit for 7 years and saw the devastation advanced breast cancer can cause. If we can detect abnormalities early, there is an increased chance for survival”, Blaszka expressed. 

Many have experiences, whether their own or of a loved one, in regards to breast cancer. One step at a time, Kean is dedicated to bringing more awareness on campus.

Do not forget to show your support this October, Cougars!

about the author

Jaclyn Lukas, Staff Writer

Jaclyn Lukas is an English major with a concentration in writing. She joined The Cougar’s Byte staff in Spring 2021. After her time at Kean, Jaclyn hopes to start her professional career in publishing for books or newspapers/magazines.