Meghan Llamas – Mustangs Ahead
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Lakewood Ranch varsity football Mustangs play the Palmetto Tigers for this October’s “Pink Out” game.
“Pink out” games have become an annual event at Lakewood Ranch High School, occurring every October to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Students are encouraged to wear as much pink as possible to show their support.
October is nationally known as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” a month dedicated to pink ribbons and raising money to help those effected. From wearing a pin to participating in runs, people across the country show their support, including Lakewood Ranch High School.
LRHS clinic nurse Andrea Stratton said Mustangs are helping address a widespread phenomenon.
” It is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women,” she said. “It has already or will affect women we care about, our mothers, sisters, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Men can develop breast cancer as well. Early mammogram screening saves lives.”
According to BreastCancer.org, one out of eight women in the U.S. will get some form of breast cancer throughout their lifetime, while one out of 1,000 men are at risk. It is also the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the U.S., excluding skin cancer, and has the highest death rate.
The website said, “It is expected that 332,630 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the end of 2018, 330,080 cases being diagnosed in women and 2,550 cases being diagnosed in men.”
These statistics are the reason Lakewood Ranch High School realize it is so important to raise awareness.