SC State's Brooks Health Center Presents "Men Against Cancer Pink and Black Affair"

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SC State’s Brooks Health Center, Peer Health Advocates and other student body organizations are proud to present the “Men Against Cancer Pink and Black Affair.” This event is a fashion show that will take place on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center’s Bulldog Lounge. Required attire is pink, black or a combination of both. Only ladies are invited to attend in order to honor the women whose lives have been impacted by this disease.  The event will also recognize the many men who have been impacted by breast cancer as well.


Over 61 young men of SC State will serve as models and ushers during the “Men Against Cancer Pink and Black Affair.”  “Many people think that breast cancer affects women only; it affects men as well. Many of the guys that are participating in the ‘Men Against Cancer Pink and Black Affair’  know a grandmother, mother, aunt or someone that has had breast cancer, so this made them want to participate in the show,” said Stephanie Bryant, junior broadcasting major.


During intermission, the audience will have the opportunity to hear speeches from Mallie Jackson, a male breast cancer survivor; Paul Robinson, husband of breast cancer survivor Sherri Robinson, a class of ‘83 alumna of SC State; and Monnie Singleton, M.D. of Singleton Health Center located in Orangeburg, S.C. “Every year, we observe women for Breast Cancer Awareness Month; this year, we would like to take the time to recognize the men whose lives are affected by the people that have died or who have survived the disease,” said Brandi L. Wright, adjunct professor for the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences. “Men can develop breast cancer too. It is imperative that we continue to spread the knowledge of this disease and that we continue to fight for a cure for this disease,” said Wright.


Breast cancer cell growth is different from normal cell growth. Instead of dying, cancer cells continue to grow and form new, abnormal cells. Cancer cells can also invade or grow into other tissues, something that normal cells cannot do. Growing out of control and invading other tissues is what makes a cell a cancer cell. Because breast cancer is much more common in women, many men do not realize they can develop this disease, although men also have breast tissue. This can mean a delayed diagnosis, and as a result, some cancers are not found until they have progressed to a later stage.  Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. The overall ratio of female to male breast cancer in the U.S. is 100 to one. Although it sounds like a small number, that is still roughly 1,910 men who will be diagnosed, and about 440 who will die this year from the disease in the U.S.


Many students have been affected by breast cancer because a loved one or friend has been a victim of the disease. “Breast cancer definitely hits home. Many of my loved ones and close friends have had breast cancer. Hopefully in the next 5 to ten years, we will be able to find a cure for breast cancer,” said Rio Pitt, senior sociology major.  “Students will definitely be able to grasp how they can cope with loved ones that have been claimed as victims for the disease, and have the opportunity to meet someone that has had the disease and survived,” he continued.


Ticket prices are $3 with student identification and $5 for general admission. All tickets will be sold in advance and all proceeds will be donated to Celebrations and Relay for Life, a life-changing event that happens in April and gives everyone in communities across the globe the opportunity to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer.


For additional information about the “Men Against Cancer Pink and Black Affair” and for tickets, contact Brandi L. Wright at (803) 237-2258; or Pinkey Carter, director of SC State’s Brooks Health Center, at (803) 536-7055. If you want to become a breast cancer supporter, log on to www.cancer.org.