So you are aware. But, what happens once you are aware? What good does awareness become once the whole world is aware? Make them more aware? No. Take action.
Unfortunately, that is not how the world works. Where there is money to be made, there is pinkwashing to be had.
When I say "take action", I don't mean spread the word about preventative screenings against breast cancer. Let me tell you, no amount of early detection would have ever saved my life. There is an increase of controversy over 'preventative' ways of detecting breast cancer. My mammogram didn't "save" me. In fact, I am too young to even be considered to be screened. Even though breast cancer has doubled in young women and the cases of metastatic cancer in women aged 25-39 has risen at a staggering amount, it seems the only way to be saved young is to save yourself.
The best detection against breast cancer was ME. I felt my breasts. I felt the mass. I made a doctor's appointment. NO MACHINE DID IT FOR ME. If you want to help yourself, then feel yourself!
Do you know what there is not a controversy over? Do you know the one thing every single doctor, health care professional, man, woman and child in the world does agree with? The fact that we need a cure. We desperately need to take action against cancer by funding research for a cure.
You are aware of breast cancer, but do you know many people die from it every year? No, because many organizations let you believe that this breast cancer thing, it's easy peasy! Little surgery, little chemo, loose some hair, little radiation and wala! You are a survivor. It's just not that simple. 'Survivors' (and if you know me, and have been following me, I despise that word) have a 30% chance of recurrence. Metastatic, Stage IV Breast Cancer kills. Over 40,000 women die every year from metastatic breast cancer every year. It is the leading cause of cancer related deaths and a top 5 leading cause of death in women.
So where does all the money go that is suppose to fund research for a "cure"? Not to the cure, I can attest to that. It mainly goes to early detection screening and prevention, even considering the hundreds of thousand of women that are still drying each year from it. It goes some other places, too, but I won't get in to how much money people actual profit from this horrid disease because it makes me sick.
Only 2%, two . . . t . . . w . . .o . . . 2 % of breast cancer research funds actually go towards metastatic breast cancer, which is the breast cancer that kills, the breast cancer that needs a cure. Early detection and prevention are important, but not more important than actually finding a cure.
So how can you help? Take action! Donate to organizations or institutions that actually fund a significant portion of research for a cure, do your own research before you spend. Don't think "well maybe I will donate today, or you know what, maybe tomorrow", don't buy something pink and think you have done your part, TAKE ACTION and help find a cure. It's no longer Breast Cancer Awareness Month in my book, it's Breast Cancer ACTION Month!
Join my initiative for BREAST CANCER ACTION MONTH and see my plans to rid the world of breast cancer one pink lemonade cup at a time!
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