BBC Healthy Living hosts breast cancer event

Douglass Gavilan//Contributing Writer

One in eight women will contract breast cancer at some point in life, according to statistics from

To prepare for breast cancer awareness month next week, the Department of Healthy Living and Student Health Services will host a kickoff. Nurses will walk students through performing their own self examination.

“The nurses are going to help us teach people how to do self-examinations with models.” said Isabel Capella, health educator for the Healthy Living program. “Also they will be promoting that they do free screenings.”

The event will take place at The Biscayne Bay Campus in the Wolfe University Center on Sep. 27 between 10 a.m and 2 p.m.

In 2015, 40,000 women were expected to die from breast cancer according to The number of fatalities has dropped, thanks to spreading awareness.  

“People are afraid to get self-checked and it’s super easy and takes only seconds,” said Capella.

According to the Healthy Living Program, it hopes to help students and spread awareness to others who may benefit from a self-screening.

“Just one person who learns that day will be able to help his or her friends, family and community” said Capella.

Students consider the event beneficial for those who are unaware.

“I think it’s a really big issue that people should know about,” said Sabrine Deus, a sophomore elementary education student. “So when they do things such as breast cancer awareness I think it brings a lot of light to the problem.”

The Healthy Living Program will try convincing students to take time off their day and get complimentary HIV and STD testing. These tests are provided but many students are unaware the University offers these services.

The kickoff will also have a table dedicated for students to customize bras, which will then be hung around to show support.

For more information on the event, contact the Healthy Living Program located in Wolfe University Center, room 307.

For free breast cancer screenings, call Student Health Services at 305-919-5620, or visit in person.

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