CSI Raises Awareness of Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence in October

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In recognition of October as Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Elgin Elite Advocates at Computer Systems Institute is working to raise awareness of breast cancer. The awareness efforts of the EEA include the sale of pink items that include mints, stickers, bookmarks and bracelets to show their support for this important cause.

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Computer Systems Institute’s Elgin Elite Advocates (EEA) is selling items including bracelets, mints, bookmarks and stickers to remind students and others that October is Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 28th at Computer System Institute’s Elgin Campus at 400 Airport Rd. in Elgin. The EAA would like to bring attention to these two serious public health issues that affect millions of Americans. Funds raised during the event will go towards future EAA programming.

According to national statistics, one out of every eight women will have breast cancer, making it the second leading cause of death for women. If detected early, 98 percent of women diagnosed can have a five-year survival rate. The EEA is encouraging women to educate themselves about this tragic condition that kills about 40,000 every year, and taking preventative action, including conducting self-breast exams, getting mammograms and seeing a doctor for a clinical breast exam. The American Cancer Society estimates that around 62,000 women will be diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, known as carcinoma in situ, and that over 232,000 women will be diagnosed with a new case of invasive breast cancer this year.

The EAA would also like to increase awareness for domestic violence, a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, friends or cohabitation. According to safehorizon, one in four women will experience domestic violence abuse in their lifetime. As the leading cause of injury to women in the United States, it is an issue of increasing concern because of its negative effect on all family members, especially children.

The EEA at CSI is the official voice of the student body and seeks to promote leadership on campus, demonstrate professionalism and encourage students to maintain academic honors. Members of the EEA benefit in the following ways: the opportunity to represent the student body at employer networking events, recognition at graduation, and leadership skills development. Furthermore, EAA members develop a comprehensive set of practical skills and tools through individualized mentoring which increase their potential career opportunities.

About Computer Systems Institute

CSI offers postsecondary career programs in information technology, healthcare, and business designed to be completed in as little as 32 weeks, as well as English Language and professional programs for international students. The school has five Chicago-area campuses in the Chicago Loop, Skokie, Gurnee, Elgin, and Lombard, plus two Massachusetts locations in Charlestown and Worcester. Collectively, the campuses serve students from more than 70 countries. For more information on CSI, please visit http://www.csinow.edu.

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