WPI Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2022



Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2022 by supporting those diagnosed, honoring survivors, and raising awareness of and educating each other on this complex disease. We encourage our community to learn about and advocate for breast cancer testing and research and celebrate the survivors in our community and beyond.

"During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we stand with the courageous women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and honor those who have lost their battle to this terrible disease.  As the second most common cancer affecting women, an estimated 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime and 281,550 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2021.  Cancer touches so many families across the country — including ours.  It is up to all of us to continue fighting for a cure and to ensure that every American has access to the quality care they need."  --A Proclamation on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2021


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Thank you to all of the members of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Planning Committee who made this month possible: 

  • Gregory Lane (Pre-Collegiate Outreach) 

  • Paige Neumann (Gordon Library) 

  • Taylor Rohena (Office of Accessibility Services) 

  • Abdah St. Fleur (the Housing & Residential Experience Center) 

  • Gina Ferraro (Talent and Inclusion)

  • Mia-Kay Fuller (ODIME) 


Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries. Betty Ford helped kick off the week-long event, as she was herself a survivor of breast cancer. She was diagnosed when her husband, Gerald Ford, was president of the United States and brought even more attention to breast cancer. The early goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month was to educate women about breast cancer and early detection tests so that they could take charge of their breast health. One of their key goals that they wanted to achieve was to promote mammograms as an important tool to be used in the fight against breast cancer. 

Learn more at: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month/