Its September. Its Prostate, Ovarian, Childhood, Thryoid & Gynecological awareness month. Everyone grab your ribbon color of choice and wear it proudly.
I am a breast cancer survivor, we get a month, and pink is plastered everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE, it sells everything from hair brushes (ironic since most breast cancer survivors lose their hair) to tuna fish and toilet paper (Wipe for the cure??)
So I go into the grocery store and do shopping as I usually do and I don't see any thing yellow or teal or blue promoting childhood, ovarian or prostate cancer awareness. Why is that? My cancer isn't any more or less important than any other cancer survivor. The only thing I have seen on tv or in the stores was a Hyundai commercial stating that they would donate a certain percentage of car sales to childhood cancer awareness.
At least someone is doing something right?
I consider myself a cancer advocate, not just for breast cancer, but for all cancers, even if it is one I can't pronounce or have never heard of. Its ridiculous in my opinion to give cancers certain months. I was diagnosed in September, cancer didn't wait for its allotted month to strike me. Cancer doesn't do that. Those of us who have been diagnosed know that.
We shouldn't wait until a certain month to raise awareness for any type of cancer, and the whole cancer awareness thing really gets me, is there anyone anywhere who isn't aware that there is cancer? If I buy chicken of the sea with a pink ribbon on it the money should go towards research, helping other survivors, finding a cure, finding better meds to deal with the cancer, not for awareness.
During the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Empowerment Rally I was fortunate to meet in person, after being a I guess for lack of a better term a" friend in the virtual world" Matthew Zachary, founder or I'm Too Young for This! a foundation that helps young adult survivors. We shared a ride to the airport and we were discussing cancer "awareness" Basically he said we should think of the body as a whole, not as parts, all the organizations should help each other. I totally agree. Yeah, you might think breasts are sexy and they sell, but if you don't have the lungs behind them to work or the brain to think or skin, then what are they? Just another body part with cancer.
So yeah for me every month is cancer awareness/advocacy month. Until there is a cure.
Mel is the producer/co-host of The Vic McCarty Show. Listen live Monday-Friday 10am-noon eastern on wmktthetalkstation.com
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