Boise State kicks off cancer awareness month

Boise State University students are going pink for the October 1 football game to kick off breast cancer awareness month

One in eight women will have breast cancer in their lifetime, according to researchers at Boise State University.

That’s why the university has its “Buck Cancer” initiative to promote prevention and research.  

The month-long event kicks off Saturday at the BSU football game. Students will wear pink for the “pinkout.” The bookstore is selling shirts where a percentage of that money goes to fund cancer research.

There will be other events throughout the month. Some are specifically for breast cancer because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but BSU is focusing on all cancers.

This is the third year BSU has done this, and organizers said students are very interested.

"I think it'll stick around because… it hits home for a lot of people,” BSU health educator Holly Levin said. “Whether it's breast cancer or any other kind of cancer…somebody knows somebody, so I think that's going to continue. "

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