Students should be aware of other cancer forms
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 16:10
The color pink and pink ribbons have become synonymous with October just as orange, pumpkins and zombies.
Records in the Encyclopedia Britannica show, for over two decades, people have been supporting breast cancer awareness during October.
People rocking shades of pink, is one way individuals show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month.
For 31 days, awareness about the deadly disease is greatly promoted along with fundraising for research and treatment.
The awareness efforts can save lives and rejuvenate the hope of those currently battling breast cancer, and their friends and loved ones.
The spirit and effort demonstrated during this month should carry over to every month of the year for the awareness of breast cancer as well the other forms of the disease.
And the same amount of attention placed on breast cancer awareness should be placed on the other forms of cancer women and men face too.
Every month on the calendar promotes awareness for the various types of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
For instance, January is not just the month to follow through with New Year’s resolutions you make, but provides specified time to promote cervical cancer and when you gear up for March Madness you can take some time to share information about colorectal cancer.
The top three cancers affecting women are lung, colorectal and the aforementioned breast cancer as reported by the Center for Disease Control.
Other commonly diagnosed types of cancer women face are: uterine, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, uterine, ovarian, cervical and skin cancer.
Awareness efforts are out there for the other forms of the disease but not on the level that its pushed for breast cancer during this month annually.
The other forms are mentioned, but are often treated like after thoughts.
The recent report about Michael Douglas having tongue cancer and the national attention the late Farrah Faucet received for her battle with anal cancer.
Cancer is not an old person’s disease, or something women and men of a certain age should worry about.
Both anal cancer and oral cancer can be contracted from oral sex.
A lot of teens and college students have oral sex and sex often not considering the many consequences that can result.
Pregnancy is the common worry when having sex, but there are so many other serious issues that come along with it as well.
ASU students, like so many in the country, promote breast cancer awareness but should also promote others that are likely to affect the student demographic.
A student may make better choices if they know more about how their lifestyle choices can lead to illnesses.
Most students know about the risks of HIV, Aids and other sexually transmitted disease but the list is bigger than that.
If a student organization, emerged promoting awareness for all forms of cancer, not only can lives be saved but students can learn valuable information they may not know and pass it along to others. And that could make society one step closer to beating cancer.