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NMSU?s Tough Enough to Wear Pink week to feature ?Cancer?s Effects on Mental Illness?

Unfortunately, cancer?s impact on one?s physical health is often plainly seen. What?s harder to notice is the effect a cancer diagnosis has on mental health as well, not just for the patient, but for everyone in their lives.

New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Barbara Damron will present ?Cancer?s Effects on Mental Illness? at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Barbara Hubbard Room inside NMSU?s Pan American Center. The event is part of the NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink breast cancer awareness campaign.

?This is an important, and often overlooked, topic when it comes to cancer,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?We?re fortunate to have someone with Secretary Damron?s training, background and expertise available to speak about this topic.?

Damron is a former faculty member at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing and has served as the director of oncology nursing research and director of government and community advocacy at the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center. She also has a Ph.D. in educational psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on psychology, mental health and medical/surgical nursing.

For more information about this and other Tough Enough to Wear Pink events, visit www.pinkaggie.com.