The University of New Mexico Men’s and Women’s basketball teams will hold their ‘Lobos Love Pink’ games during the same week to raise awareness for breast cancer and to honor all those who face it. The Lady Lobos tip off 2:00 pm Saturday, February 10, against the Air Force Falcons. The Lobo Men’s team faces the Utah State Aggies on Wednesday, February 14, at 7:00 pm.
“Lobos Love Pink games are very important in helping us raise awareness in the community,” says Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD. Brown-Glaberman is a breast cancer specialist and co-leads the Breast team at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The key,” she says, “is to find the disease early when it is still curable.”
Stephanie Fine, MD, agrees. “Most women who have early stage breast cancer don’t know it unless they get a screening mammogram,” Fine says. “You can’t feel it. You can’t see it. And it very often has no symptoms whatsoever.” Fine is a breast surgical oncologist and a member of the UNM Cancer Center breast team.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 1,470 New Mexico women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis and 260 will die of the disease in 2018.
Brown-Glaberman will represent the UNM Cancer Center faculty at the Lobo Men’s game on February 14. Fine will represent the faculty at the Lobo Women’s game on February 10. The basketball teams and the UNM Cancer Center will honor breast cancer survivors during each of the games.
The Lady Lobos will tip off against the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, February 10, at 2:00 pm in Dreamstyle Arena, 111 University Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Lobo Ticket Office at 505-925-LOBO or visit unmtickets.com. Tickets are $5 for those wearing pink to the game and seated in bench rows 1 through 10.
The Lobos will tip off against the Utah State Aggies on Wednesday, February 14, at 7:00 pm in Dreamstyle Arena, 111 University Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Lobo Ticket Office at 505-925-LOBO or visit unmtickets.com. Tickets are $10 for those wearing pink to the game and seated in bench rows 1 through 10.
The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at www.cancer.unm.edu.
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