Students participate in campus Breast Cancer Walk

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Troy University hosted its annual Breast Cancer Walk in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

One student told TrojanVision she walked to remember her family member.

“I am always going to support people who have breast cancer and who are still fighting it because my grandmother passed away maybe about six or seven years ago,” Kimberly Branch said.

Branch remembers what it was like supporting her grandmother.

“I’ve seen what she went through and how it affected us and our family. I just always want to be that support system that somebody was for us for other people.

Although the breast cancer walk is over, Branch’s memories of her grandmother haven’t stopped.

“A memory that I hold near and dear to my heart is Thanksgiving. She always cooks the food and prepares the pies and stuff but the last year that she was living I got to help her make the food. She just taught me a lot of valuable life lessons during that time that I will forever hold and cherish to my heart.”

Even though her grandmother’s fight is over, Branch told TrojanVision she’ll never stop supporting those whose fight continues.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, except for skin cancers. It is about 30% (or 1 in 3) of all new female cancers each year.

The Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says warning signs of breast cancer include:

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.

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