HSOP Students Participate in All In, All Pink

All In, All Pink Balloon Release Students release balloons as part of the All In, All Pink breast cancer awareness event.

November 14, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. – Seeking to bring awareness to breast cancer, the Harrison School of Pharmacy chapter of Phi Delta Chi collaborated with the Vice President for University Outreach and the Office of Public Service for the 6th Annual All In, All Pink event on Oct. 26.

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As part of the event, the group handed out giveaways, such as t-shirts, prizes and food, hosted speakers, watched the performance of the AU Gospel Choir, spread breast cancer awareness and held a balloon release for all of those lives affected by breast cancer. Students also gave out information on breast cancer while performing blood pressure and blood glycose checks.

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Fourth-year pharmacy student Melissa Shively, who works in the lab of Dr. Nancy Merner, shared that she and the other students are out there to increase awareness of the risk of breast cancer, specifically hereditary breast cancer. Their goals are to increase outreach programs and provide more education, so that more people are aware of the increase risk in-between families.

“Breast cancer is a very serious health concern, affecting one-in-eight women in the United states, thus an average woman has a 12-and-half percent life time risk of developing breast cancer,” Shively said, “There are a number of risk factors of breast cancer; what we study in the Merner lab is genetic risk factors, which can increase risk up to 90 percent.

“U.S. Women have 12.5 percent lifetime risk and African-American women have a higher incidence of breast cancer, under the age of forty, which is a hallmark of hereditary breast cancer, therefore we believe that genetic risk factors are contributing toward this disparity,” said Shively.

Shively said the National Institute of Health (NIH) stresses the importance of increasing awareness about the severity of these health disparities. In Alabama, the majority of our population is an underserved population.

Gabrielle Christen, a second year pharmacy student and the event coordinator of All In, All Pink, wanted to stress upon the importance of preventative care, and to get checked annually.

“There is no reason why there can’t be early detection if you have breast cancer and can get it treated right away,” said Christen, “Getting checked is free under the government, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t get checked.”

Christen also wanted to point out that breast cancer is not just for women, it is for men too.

“Breast cancer is so prevalent in our community, more than likely it affects someone you know, and you might not even know it” said Christen.

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Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2016