By Naniyah McClain
Student Lifestyle Editor
The Epsilon Theta chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority hosted their annual “Tea for Tau Taus” event for breast cancer awareness in the Multipurpose Room of the SUB on Oct. 14.
The sisters greeted guests at the door with pink balloons in hand. Once everyone arrived, sophomore Aurora Rifkind asked them to be seated for a presentation.
The presentation covered topics such as how common breast cancer is for women in the U.S. Other information included how breast cancer is detected in men, symptoms of breast cancer, risk factors, how to prevent breast cancer and screening options.
After the presentation, guests were offered hot tea and glazed munchkins from Dunkin Donuts as they mingled.
Some students spoke about how informative the presentation was.
“I think it’s necessary for the public to be informed because it will help them to recognize any symptoms and prevent the disease. I feel that this event was very informative because it went through many statistics and how to get help and identify symptoms,” said Mishell Minchala, sophomore nursing major.
Others said that the event was eye-opening because they learned something new.
“Today I just learned that the hormone contraceptives for women and not breastfeeding can put women at risk of having breast cancer. It’s important to know what risks we face, especially as women because we do have a higher risk of having breast cancer,” said Daniela Lemus-Martinez, alumna and sister of the Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Inc.
One of the main takeaways from this event is the importance of screening — especially at a young age.
“I think breast cancer awareness is important because not many people, especially teenagers or young women, do not really pay attention to these types of things or go for screenings,” said Germhylayne Gregorio, sophomore and sister of Alpha Sigma Tau. “It’s important for them to be aware so that they can be screened early.”
At the end of the event, the sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau thanked everyone for attending.
For more information about breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org. If you would like to talk to a cancer specialist from the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345.
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