Breast Cancer Awareness At UMBI

Breast cancer is something that many women fight on a daily basis. The facts surrounding the illness should call us all to action:


  • in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
  • In 2015, there are more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer
  • For women in the US, breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer besides lung cancer
  • When breast cancer is detected early, the 5 year survival rate is 98%

In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we held a special event at our main campus location on Friday, October 9th. At this event, we heard from many of our students and others in the community about friends and family members who are battling the disease.

We ended the event by assembling outside of our building, and releasing pink balloons to pay homage to the strong women who are currently fighting breast cancer, along with those who are no longer with us as well. Many of the participants made a wish or said a prayer about their friend or family member battling breast cancer, then released the balloons.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been affected by breast cancer in some way or another. Early prevention is key, and we will continue to be a leading voice in calling for more early detection initiatives, research, and outreach as it relates to finding a cure. For more information please check out a great article recently written in Forbes magazine related to breast cancer.

Forbes Article Link

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