The University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball team will face fierce competition from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels on February 9. Their game will honor an even fiercer battle, the battle against breast cancer.
Breast cancer took the lives of 40,589 women in the United States in 2008, the latest year for which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data were available. That same year, the CDC reports that 210,203 American women were diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the second-most common cancer among women in the United States and the leading cause of cancer death among women of all races and populations.
“Our breast cancer patients constantly show us their tremendous courage,” says Cheryl Willman, MD, Director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. The UNM Cancer Center will host an invitation-only pre-game reception for breast cancer survivors and their family and friends. At half-time, the UNM Cancer Center, UNM Hospitals, and Lobo Women’s Basketball team will honor the women in a ceremony on the court. “It is a privilege to publicly recognize these amazing women,” says Dr. Willman. “We thank the Lobo Women’s basketball team for their support and participation.”
The Lady Lobos will play the UNLV Rebels on February 9, 2013, in the Pit. Tip-off is at 2:00 p.m. The UNM Cancer Center and UNM Hospitals encourage all audience members to wear pink to raise awareness for breast cancer and to honor all women with the disease.
About the UNM Cancer Center
The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state. One of just 67 NCI-designated cancer centers nationwide, the UNM Cancer Center is recognized for its scientific excellence, contributions to cancer research and delivery of medical advances to patients and their families. Annual federal and private funding of over $65 million supports the UNM Cancer Center’s research programs. The UNM Cancer Center treats more than 65 percent of the adults and virtually all of the children in New Mexico affected by cancer, from every county in the state. It is home to New Mexico’s largest team of board-certified oncology physicians and research scientists, representing every cancer specialty and hailing from prestigious institutions such as MD Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic. Through its partnership with Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, the UNM Cancer Center brings world-class cancer care to the southern part of the state; its collaborative clinical programs in Santa Fe and Farmington serve northern New Mexico. The UNM Cancer Center also supports several community outreach programs to make cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment available to every New Mexican. Learn more at www.cancer.unm.edu.