Community Education Pink Out
Community Education Pink Out
Posted on 11/05/2019

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Community Education staff and students participated in a department wide “Pink Out”.   The goal is to show support and increase awareness of breast cancer statistics, prevention and treatment options.  Participating in this event also demonstrates to those who have been affected by this disease, that we care and support them.  This event also served as a unique educational opportunity for our Adult ESL students, many of whom were not familiar with colored ribbon campaigns.

All of our staff and a good portion of our students, including Early Childhood as well as Adult Education and English as a Second Language students, took part in this special event.  “
It was great to see our staff and students come together as a community to show support to those who fought and continue to fight their battle”, said Community Education Director, CJ Wajeeh.    Early Childhood Coordinator, Sandy Jewell noted, “Through these small acts of kindness, we demonstrate compassion and caring to our students, young and old”. 

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. web page,

· In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

· 62% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.

· This year, an estimated 41,760 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S.

· Although rare, men get breast cancer too. The lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000. 

· An estimated 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States and approximately 500 will die.

· 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

· Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.

· There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

· On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.

· Female breast cancer represents 15.2% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.

Multiple times throughout the year, the Community Education Staff take part in a variety of outreach and community service projects.  Projects planned for the month of November include food, toy and clothing drives for foster kids, animal shelters and homeless shelters.