28 Comments on "October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month"
Mooshki, can we get that on a t-shirt?
JJ, I have friends who did the same–this is the 4th spot I have had biopsied in 11 months–it is a horrid experience each time. I understand why people remove them. They would rather not have the worries over & over.The important thing is that we are both healthy!
Very relieved that it was nothing lutefisk. I'm too much of a wuss to go thru that wait again, which is why I just had them lopped off. I'm a chicken.
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Thank you Enty.
There can never be too much education about any sort of cancer until there is a cure.
Oh, and btw….men can get breast cancer, too.
Pimp, i thought like you until i found 3 lumps last month and thought the worst.
i found out monday that i just have a lumpy boob. changed my life to hear that because i know i am very lucky.
ladies- ask your doc to do a breast exam everytime! it takes only a few minutes.
to those who have suffered or suffered a loss, may you find some peace in the good thoughts and positive energy being sent to you from CDAN readers!
As someone with a family history of breast cancer, there cannot be too many education campaigns. I just had an abnormal mammogram 13 days ago, after the first abnormal one in March 2009. I'm scared shitless, but will go back in March 2010 for another follow up.
I just turned 36 years old 30 days ago.
12 years ago my mother in-law contracted breast cancer. She fought it and won. 7 years ago, the drugs she was taking to keep the breast cancer away gave her bone cancer. She had had enough and didn't want to fight again and died February 10, 2003. This weekend my family will jog in the Run Against Breast Cancer here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to show our support for fighters, survivors and those who didn't make it. For Shirley.
FYI…I'm *only* 34. Very aware of cancer as different types have affected my dad and grandparents, but I have no history of breast cancer.
Yes, I think all cancers deserve the awareness.
@JJ: Thanks. It's very special to me.
@Pimp: Thanks for 'listening'. 🙂
Yes, I do see your point about hope and the wonderful visual of strong, healthy survivors decked out in pink. Perhaps the pain is too fresh and maybe because my sisters and I are still holding our breath during our checkups
GWG and Bramblewitch, if I could I would.. deep hugs thanks everyone, love to all
one more thing, and I'm sure this will piss you off (I hope not). But I don't like the fact that some cancers get massive PR and others don't. PR=money=cure. Why doesn't colon cancer have a ribbon or a slogan or liver cancer, etc, etc? I don't think that bc should get *LESS* PR, just that all other cancer should get more, I guess.
@GWG and Babs: That does make sense. I now see!
I just don't like it when a company "supports BC" by jacking up the price on one of their items, makes it pink, and then donates a penny to BC for every one sold. That should be criminal.
There's always the next generation of young girls who are clueless about breast cancer and monthly self exams. Try and think of BC awareness month being geared towards them.
I have several pink ribbon items that I cherish but I agree sometimes they are used as cheap marketing.
Beautiful tat GWG!
I am not adverse to the pink, however I have never had cancer(fingers crossed), but I really hated the yellow Livestrong bracelets, so I understand where you're coming from. Then again, maybe I don't and won't unless I went through the same thing.
Pimp – I think the quest for awareness isn't so much for the disease itself, but for the symptoms and the ways in which to prevent it or discover it early. Early detection = a better chance for a cure.
Well, I got diagnosed 5 years ago next month and one of my best friends went out and bought me a pink ribbon bathrobe (to use during treatment) and pink ribbon socks, etc. I knew (and know now) she was trying to be supportive, but I was secretly mortified and couldn't get rid of that stuff soon enough. I have neutral feelings to it now.
@Pimp: I think a lot of people think it can't happen to them..
Sorry for your losses redronnie and best wishes to your friends mikey.
For me, the pink is now empowering. As some CDaN-ers know I had 2 tumors removed (one in each breast) in May. Thankfully they turned out benign. For me, the pink now represents awareness and hope. It reminds me to take care of myself and not put off whatever may be ailing me or what I may be afraid of. (I even tattooed a pink ribbon inside a heart on my wrist) You can see it here if you'd like: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6992477&l=49cb6a03a4&id=789540404
Is anyone actually "unaware" of breast cancer at this point, such that we need to increase awareness?
redronnie, I am so sorry for your losses. Please don't feel guilty -You are not the first person I have heard against the pink. I have two friends currently going through treatment, and they have expressed the same feelings about the pink you have. Hugs to you.