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Auburn University holds breast cancer awareness event

Published: Oct. 9, 2014 at 2:24 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2014 at 1:07 AM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - October is breast cancer awareness month and Auburn's campus turned pink on Wednesday to bring awareness to a disease that can effect anyone.

Auburn's All in, All Pink Breast cancer awareness event hopes to bring awareness of the disease to an age group that might not consider themselves at risk.

"Early diagnosis can save your life," said Ebony Jackson with Auburn University Outreach. "So we really want people to know, you might be in your twenties, you might be 19 but that doesn't mean you have to wait until you're 40 or 45 to start doing self breast exams for males and females."

One in every eight women will be affected by breast cancer at some point in their lifetimes, and there are already more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United Stones alone.

Stephanie Carroll is one of those survivors who described how she felt when she received her diagnosis of advance stage four breast cancer.

"It was like someone just punched me in the gut, and I was going from 90 miles a minute to zero and I remember feeling this over tremendous amount of fear and it took a split second for me to make a choice that I was either going to stay in that fear or I was going to choose to live and choose to have faith and choose to start that battle and fight for my life."

Carroll says in addition to battling cancer, she's also battling the negativity surrounding it.

"I don't want to be a statistic. I don't want to be part of that. They say ten percent of survivors, with stage four breast cancer, only live five years. I want to be that survivor that lives 20, 25, 30 years from now and just knowing, if I have a positive attitude I can do anything."

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Almost 30 percent of cancers in women are breast cancers.

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