Breast Cancer Awareness month reminds us every year of the survivors we've fought together with through their journey. It's a significant month for most people, but it also serves to promote the importance of knowing more about breast cancer. The reason for spreading that knowledge, which I found out through tabling, is because it is a way to combat breast cancer. So, Beta Theta Omega decided to table for Breast Cancer Awareness month as part of our many community services to Luther College. On the evening on the third of November, two of my big sisters and I tabled for about 2 hours and it has taught me so much about breast cancer. The tabling was held at Dahl Centennial Union, nearby Nordic Brew, so that students can stop by the table once they're out of the cafeteria.
There were plenty of goodies laid out on the table too like wristbands, pins, etc. We had wristbands that said survivor, strength, and faith. The survivor wristbands were separated from the other ones because it held a deeper meaning to it, and we gave it out to all those who have experienced or have been through breast cancer with their loved ones. We also set up question-and-answer cards on A3 papers. Those were my favorite because there were so many uncommon facts about breast cancer that I enjoyed learning about so much! For example, breast cancer is actually more prevalent in Western Europe than it is in Eastern Africa! However, more deaths actually occur in Eastern Africa as compared to Western Europe because of the lack of equipment to cure the cancer. Another interesting statistic I discovered was that breast cancer is actually more prevalent in developed countries such as the US, Japan, and Sweden as compared the developing countries. Diet was one of the factors that contributed to this prevalence. One of the most asked question during the session was whether or not breast cancer affects men or not, and most of the students correctly answered yes!
All in all, the BTQ members had a great conversation with the students around campus that stopped by the table that night. I was glad that I was able to listen to testimonies of survivors during the tabling session, which really touched me because I have never heard of first-hand experiences about this before. I was also glad that although I facilitated the tabling, I got to learn so much more about breast cancer than I've ever learned before this. Before I end, I just want to put it out there that breast cancer can be combated even just by promoting awareness, so let's all do our part in making this difference.
I'm also going to attach some links here for those who want to read more about the breast cancer facts that we've obtained: