A list of other cancers and their awareness colors. There’s a lot more to cancer than just the little pink breast cancer ribbon.
Appendix Cancer - Amber
Bladder Cancer - Gold/Blue/Purple
Brain Cancer - Gray
Carcinoid Cancer - Black and White
Cervical Cancer - Teal and White
The NFL had $9.5 billion in revenue in 2011, and they’ve donated a paltry $3 million to breast cancer? ”Pardon me while I don’t slobber all over the NFL’s pink-drenched marketing campaign.” -Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel.
The NFL is coming under fire in the wake of a new report that accuses the NFL of profiting from the cause, arguing that most of the money from the breast cancer awareness push “ends up in the pockets of billionaire NFL owners.” The NFL refutes that claim. What exactly does the NFL’s breast cancer campaign do in terms of raising money and raising awareness?
“Think before you Pink.”
I was hoping this image would come up on my dash and I could reblog it from someone with more expertise, but I haven’t seen it outside of facebook yet.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Make awareness about the individual and their struggles with cancer, NOT about “boobies” and “saving breasts.” Many breast cancer survivors DO lose their breasts and positing awareness as a movement to “save their breasts” diminishes our need to focus on supporting the people. Whether or not they chose/need to undergo a mastectomy is not really your business or concern.“Saying that we should work to cure this disease because it threatens breasts is really upsetting. For starters, it suggests that women are worth saving because they’re attached to breasts, rather than the other way around. But worse, it tells any woman who’s had a life-saving mastectomy that she’s given up the thing that made people care about her survival. What a punch in the stomach.” -Randal Munroe, of XKCD
- Think twice about supporting companies that seem more concerned about using Breast Cancer Awareness and its ever-increasing popularity to sell their product, rather than concerned about actually supporting and assisting those struggling/those who will battle with breast cancer/with finding a cure
- For alternative organizations to support, Kate Madonna Hindes recommends Breast Cancer Action. “They are INCREDIBLE and do work that focuses ALL on prevention.”For further info:The Trouble with Pink (Kate Madonna Hindes)Unraveling the Ribbon on Bitch Magazine
I don’t know why the commentary didn’t go with this when I reblogged it the first time, but it’s the major part of why I wanted to reblog it in the first place so yaytumblr.
Hope does not consist in crossing one’s arms and waiting. As long as I fight, I am moved by hope; and if I fight with hope, then I can wait.
—Paulo Freire (via whiskeyspring)
Apparently, the average breast cancer tumor is 4 centimeters in size when removed, and has been growing for 12 years.
In preliminary trials, this smart bra — which costs less than $1,000 — detected cancer up to six years before a tumor was even visible, giving doctors a better shot at treating the disease before it develops into something more deadly.
When people use the excuse that they don’t want to go through the temporary pain of a mammogram, I tell them that is nothing in comparison to the permanent pain of a mastectomy. It may not be a perfect tool but it is one of the best we have. People have to be vigilant about their health. You and I have learned this the hard way.
I wake up and have a full day ahead of me.
I haven’t seen snow for a few weeks and the leaves are starting to grow again. I get ready quickly, stretching and putting on layers. They arrive to pick me up. We go hiking.
I meet her for a hot espresso drink before class. We deconstruct the…
Suleika’s blog this week relates the all-too-familiar insanity of cancer treatment.
But this is the Catch-22 for a cancer patient: We must poison ourselves in the short term to hope for a cure in the long term, knowing full well we will get sicker…