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The Clarion \ October 23, 2019
Awareness over action
A look at the pink ribbon and ‘Deadline 2020’
By Mary Lewe
Editor in Chief
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month,
but—^beyond the barrage of pink ribbons—many
may not know what that means, or how they can
help those who are suffering from breast cancer.
In 1985, October was declared to be National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month in an effort
between the American Cancer Society and the
AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company to raise
funds toward researching a cure for breast
The now ubiquitous pink ribbon has been in
use since the 1990s to draw attention to products
which claim to aid the fight against breast cancer,
but despite the efforts of organizations like the
Susan G. Komen Foundation, there has been
little improvement in the frequency of breast
cancer diagnoses and mortality.
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According to breastcancer.org, about twelve
percent of women in the United States will
develop breast cancer in their lifetime. With
an estimated 41,760 deaths for this year alone,
breast cancer is no small threat. Breast cancer
is also the second most frequently diagnosed
cancer in the United States, after skin cancer.
In 2015, The New York Times published an
article highlighting disenchantment with Breast
Cancer Awareness efforts. That same year, the
National Breast Cancer Coalition released a
statement, highlighting the lack of improvement
in the fight against breast cancer. “We need
action, not awareness to end breast cancer,”
president of NBCC Fran Visco said.
As part of the NBCC’s effort to highlight
action over awareness, “Breast Cancer Deadline
2020” was established in 1991 as a serious
commitment to ending breast cancer. Today,
we are mere months away from this deadline,
and even with an estimated $6 billion in annual
donations toward “breast cancer,” we are not
prepared to meet the 2020 deadline.
Current research on breast cancer prevention
and treatment may lead to the creation of a
vaccine which would prevent its development,
but until then the Mayo Clinic has many
recommendations for preventing cancer. Items
on the Mayo Clinic’s list include: limiting
alcohol, not smoking, watching your weight
and staying active. Breast cancer specifically
may also be prevented by limiting the dose and
duration of hormone therapy as well as breast
feeding when possible.
Thanks to research in genetics, it is now
known that mutations on the BRCA 1 and 2
genes can also dramatically increase the risk
of developing breast cancer. These mutations
can be passed on to both male and female
children, increasing the risk of breast cancer
by up to 65 percent according to the Susan G.
Komen Foundation. In females, the mutations
also increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
Another way to increase survival in the event
of a breast cancer diagnosis is early detection.
The American Cancer Society recommends
that all women between the ages of 50 and 69
receive a mammogram (a low-dose x-ray of
the breasts) every two years.
This October is the last before the Breast
Cancer Deadline 2020, which will occur on Jan.
1. Although breast cancer is still a terrifying
reality for many women, research toward a
cure will continue past this deadline and into
the future, hopefully creating a better tomorrow
for those facing all types of cancer.
BC security report
The most recent security reports for Brevard
College have been released as of Monday, Sept.
30, at 12:35 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m.
and Monday, Oct. 21 at 12:32 p.m., according
to Brevard College Campus Security.
A vehicle parked in the Porter Center parking
lot was vandalized with a Sharpie marker.
Anyone with information on this incident please
contact Campus Security.
There have been several roommate disputes.
Please resolve these as soon as possible with
Students are reminded that when traffic cones
are placed in parking spaces to not remove the
cones at anytime to park in the spot. These are
specifically set for construction purposes or
during campus events.
To disregard the presence of the cones creates
an inconvenience to the use of the organized
Please also note that the fine for this activity
will now be doubled from $30 to $60.
Students are requested not to use social
media during social conflicts between people.
This activity generally exasperates situations
that are better resolved in an impartial manner
through Campus Life. If the situation is
urgent. Campus Security can be reached 24/7
Some of the wall slate tiles have been
damaged on the South Villages. Please respect
the college property.
Everyone is requested to contact Campus
Security at (828)-577-9590 if wrongful or
suspicious activity is observed on campus.
— Zach Dickerson