Meridian Star

Education

October 9, 2013

EMCC nursing programs "Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

MERIDIAN —     MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus got hit with a Pink Out Monday.

    Students in EMCC’s Registered Nurse and Practical Nursing programs dressed in pink and served up pink dishes at a potluck lunch to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    “We’ve been doing clinicals and everything’s been really busy this semester. This is the first lull we’ve had, so we wanted to do something special,” said nursing instructor Debbie Treloar.

    Treloar said the idea for the Pink Out was not hers, but she can speak to the importance of breast cancer awareness and prevention as a survivor.

    “In March 2012 I found a lump. I was scheduled for a mammogram that month, but I was working on my PhD in nursing and was trying to put off my mammogram a little bet to get through my dissertation. But I had a mammogram and an ultrasound and the doctors said it didn’t look good,” she said.

    On the day Treloar submitted her dissertation she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent bilateral mastectomies and reconstruction, but was able to avoid chemotherapy since the cancer had been caught relatively early.

    “My best advice for anybody is to do your self-checks and get your mammograms. If I hadn’t done that it could have been a totally different outcome for me. Breast cancer can be treated if you do what you’re supposed to,” she said.

    Treloar also submitted to genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility because an uncle of hers battled breast cancer. Since then, she says her sisters and a niece have been tested and exhibited the same genetic predisposition to breast cancer.

    “You have to know your family history, too,” she said.

    EMCC’s nursing programs regularly promote preventative healthcare through the college’s community health fairs and educational events like the Pink Out. EMCC’s Division of Nursing and Allied Health will host its annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s October 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Golden Triangle campus.

    For more information on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, contact nursing instructor Karen Taylor at (662) 243-1989 or  HYPERLINK "mailto:ktaylor@eastms.edu" ktaylor@eastms.edu. Last year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Golden Triangle campus drew more than 200 participants and raised more than $16,000 for Alzheimer’s research and support.

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