WBB Teams Joins Fight Against Breast Cancer
The Xavier women’s basketball team will take time away from the court on Tuesday to join the battle against breast cancer. Members of the team and the coaching staff will call female employees on Xavier’s campus beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of the "Tell A Friend" campaign and encourage them to get their annual mammogram when the Mercy Health Partners Mobile Mammography Van makes two visits to the Xavier campus later this month.
This is the second year for head coach Melanie Balcomb, a member of Coaches vs. Cancer, and the Xavier women’s basketball team to be involved in the Tell A Friend program. The team will play a "Breast Cancer Awareness" game on Feb. 8 against Saint Joseph’s to help continue to raise awareness about the disease.
"Breast cancer is something women need to be aware of because it is so common and so very dangerous," Balcomb said. "We really believe this is an incredibly worthwhile project because it has been proven that early detection of breast cancer saves lives."
The American Cancer Society reports that when cancer is found in its earliest stages, the survival rate is 97 percent. Mammograms help detect cancer early, sometimes years before it can be discovered in clinical or self breast exams.
The Mercy Health Partners Mobile Mammography Van will be on Xavier’s campus on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The unit will return on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
The Xavier women’s basketball team (5-9, 0-2) will return to action with a pair of home games this weekend. The Musketeers will play Fordham at 7 p.m. Friday at the Cintas Center before playing George Washington on Sunday at 4 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.