I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991,then nobody was paying attention to it, then a group of women with Fran Visco founded National Breast cancer Coalition, we decide to take into our hands our fate.
Each State named a representative, we work hard we delivered thousands of signatures to Washington DC,we lobbied, we were agressive ,there was the opinion to create a symbol,it was or purple or pink.
We chose the last one.
Many of the activists and advocates that stated NBCC died, but their memory and work continued, we had laws passed like reconstruction, work protection, certificate for tech that do mamograns, second opinions,clinical trials.
We get money that is managed by the Defense department for research, programs.
Look into our website.
In 1991 actresses and others that were diagnosed refused to make it public, later the same ones used that as PR.
Estee lauder was the first to this day that give millions to breast cancer, as Mary Kay.
The rest give peanuts.
So when you think why October? And are fed up,think in all the activists,advocates that work hard to bring breast cancer to be public, and that many spent their money to lobby,print fliers, collect signatures.
I still volunteer with National Breast cancer Coalition.
By the way we threaten once to march without our tops if we did not get money for research, we keep our eyes on it,now there are more treatments,not a cure yet,but all this women and men that are left in NBCC are still working for you and me.
First, I've always resented the fact that girls are relegated to pink. I hate pink as a color. I don't care for all the commercialization that comes with Pinktober. Not enough attention is given to metastatic breast cancer or to triple negative breast cancer, which I had, or to other cancers.
Believe it or not, the first BIG breast cancer grant funding came from Department of Defense! I guess we should all be thankful for that initial $ to fuel the research. My cancer was ovarian, so while I certainly respect the folks who had breast cancer, I am more focused on ovarian cancer, and the other cancers that have hit my family.
I am sympathetic to those with breast cancer. However, like some other respondents said, other cancers deserve the same attention. I am now in my second bout of transitional cell cancer and there is virtually no research or clinical trials for this cancer.
I received an initial diagnosis of Stage 4 squamous cell (HPV positive) oropharyngeal cancer, primary site left tonsil which had metastasized to lymph nodes on both sides of my neck in 2010. Reoccurrences in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018. Moved from neck to lungs to mediastinum. Currently undergoing treatment with nivolumab with scans that indicate NED. In my opinion, October should be designated as cancer month period. Pink would no longer be the exclusive color of October but a month of many colors. It would be an opportunity to educate others about all cancers-warning signs, diagnostic techniques, treatments and living as a person with cancer or as a thriver. The month could spotlight well known types of cancer, as well as rare cancers. Cancer is an all inclusive and equal opportunity club. It will be a rarity not to be a member of that club, as a patient, a caregiver or both. In my opinion, October should reflect that reality.
While I support awareness and support for Breast Cancer, I think that we need to FOCUS on every TYPE of Cancer ! Not ALL cancers are PINK! Lung Cancer is actually the leading killer of both WOMEN and Men, but I'll bet that most people do not know that. Do you know what COLOR the "Awareness Ribbon Color" is for Lung Cancer, or which Month is Lung Cancer Awareness month? I bet most don't and that makes me very sad as someone who is living with Stage IV Lung Cancer.
If you want to know, it's WHITE, Pearl actually to represent "Lungs" and our Month is November. Lung Cancer is also not a "Smoker's Cancer" as many still believe and it's been so stigmatized because of this thinking. Whenever you tell someone you have Lung Cancer, almost everyone's first question is "Do you smoke? or Did you smoke" as if "Smokers or Former Smokers" somehow deserve it? WRONG! It affects ALL and many of the newest patients are Young, Active, Healthy "Never Smokers". If you breath and you have LUNGS you too can get Lung Cancer. When people are diagnosed with Diabetes, we do not ask them about their diet or how much sugar or carbs they eat. We do not ask heart patient's if they eat a heart healthy diet and exercise. DO we ask Liver Cancer patients if they drink alcohol. of course not, so why ask Lung Cancer patients bout smoking?
And well all love children and no one ever wants any child to be diagnosed with cancer, yet Childhood Cancer is also rarely recognized and very under funded? WHY? For the record, their Ribbon Colors is "Yellow" and their Month is "September".
My local Police Department is selling "Pink Badges", the bank has Pink Envelopes, you see it all over the news and online -- BUT what about the others? Why do some many local businesses promote" Pinktober, do nothing to promote other cancers? It's time we spread more awareness for us ALL!!
A Lung Cancer Survivor,
Daughter of a Breast Cancer Survivor
A women who is sad and upset that Pinktober leaves so many of us out!
I was diagnosed 8 years ago with Breast Cancer. There was no family history of it,until now. It baffles me as to the reaction you get when you say the word \"Cancer\". Almost everyone gets this terrified look on their face and says \"Oh No!\" I can tell you that everyone needs to learn a few thing about it. My family was so afraid that I was going to die from it that everyone ran into hiding. I was very much alone in my fight. When I reached out to Medical staff, friends, & friends, it was like talking to a wall. Not only do I carry the scars from the mastectomy and infusion port, the mental scars have been the worst. I think the awareness efforts have gone so overboard that it has desensitized people to the diagnosis. There is a real person behind the diagnosis! That person will have their entire life come to a complete standstill! Financially ruined! Live in constant fear of it coming back! My heart goes out to ANYONE that has been diagnosed, single, no support system, and no solid financial income because it is pure hell! The American Cancer Society didn't help me when I reached out to them, but they sure want you to participate as a cancer survivor in their activities!!!! I am not a poster child to anyone! Yes, I was alone! Now, 8 years later, I am still fighting for my life, paying bills, staying healthy, side effects from chemo, keep my home, the list goes on and on. Yes, the system of awareness has failed in many ways!!! I have tried to keep fighting, but often wonder why.
How can we go about to change this? I am a breast cancer survivor, but I have lost friends to lung, pancreatic, liver cancers, who are living with leukemia. The list goes on. I am to the point of resenting the color pink. Our community goes as far as putting out pink garbage cans in October. Cancer awareness month is what we need to get research to ALL cancers to find a real cure. Is the fact the pharmaceutical companies don't want to find a cure?
If anyone out there really wants to change this maybe "Cure" can help us to change this real cancer awareness - not just breast cancer.
PINKTOBER is tough for me. It only brings back the TERROR of having the Mastectomy on OCTOBER 31st...Yes! Halloween! Not only did I have awful complications, gangrene and many repair surgeries, but I lost my beloved job in the process and my home. So I'm not a big fan of Pinktober...I don't see the point in it, just a sorry reminder for me.