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"Cancer Sucks" shirts raise money for research

By Elly Villescas
On November 9, 2011

Walking through Hoff Dining Complex on the way to lunch, students may have noticed a table selling t-shirts last week. The group selling the shirts was none other than Xavier University's own swim team.

The designs were red t-shirts that read "Cancer Sucks" in bold white letters and were on sale for $10 outside of the dining hall from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it seems only fitting to sell t-shirts to benefit research.

Surprisingly though, these shirts weren't being sold to benefit breast cancer. Instead, money went towards sarcoma research.

When thinking of cancer, breast, lung and colon are usually the first that come to mind.

All three of these fall under the category of carcinomas, which represent 95% of all cancers.

Sarcoma represents the other 5%, which can result in bone, cartilage and muscle tumors. These tumors can then lead to a developed cancer within the tumor area.

Sarcomas form from soft tissue, which means that they can develop anywhere on the body.

However, unlike normal tumors, they develop most frequently in the arms or legs.

Currently, there is a push to ask Congress to recognize July as Sarcoma Awareness Month.

Although the t-shirts are no longer located outside Hoff Dining Complex, members of the swim team can be contacted for anyone wishing to purchase one.

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