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Don’t Support Breast Cancer Awareness
It’s October which means it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). But you want to know something? I don’t support breast cancer awareness. I know it might sound strange that someone who was diagnosed with breast cancer doesn’t support breast cancer awareness. You’d think without question that I would be all for it.
Many of us breast cancer thrivers and survivors actually support something else. Something far more important than breast cancer awareness. I support breast cancer research. This means I want to support organizations that put a majority of their donations towards advanced research, better treatments, helping cancer patients and ultimately finding a cure to breast cancer.
Why I Don’t Support Awareness
I don’t support awareness because we all know that breast cancer exists. It is the most common cancer among women. Spreading awareness will not save lives. Maybe it is me being selfish, but I want an organization to cure me so that my husband and I no longer live in fear.
And to be honest, I can spread awareness without donating money. Part of me doesn’t understand why some nonprofit organizations need money for awareness or need money to tell people to do a self breast exam and/or get a mammogram. Or even better, that they know how to ‘prevent cancer’. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Let me tell you, if there was a way to prevent cancer…. no one would get cancer. Unfortunately, I met all the requirements to avoid/lessen the risk of getting cancer. I basically had an incredibly small chance of getting cancer, and guess what… I got cancer. And it made me realize that ‘awareness’ organizations did not help and will not help. So it got me thinking, how about we help those who have cancer… ya know after malignant tumors are discovered from self-exams, mammograms, ultrasounds, and scans. We want to stop worrying about our lives or treatments that changed our quality of life.
Facts About Breast Cancer
I’ll admit that before I had breast cancer, I was not aware of the severity. Maybe because I was not fully educated about this disease. And hopefully these facts help you understand it better too.
- Breast Cancer is more aggressive with young adults (unfortunately, I fall in that category)
- There are several different types of breast cancer – breast cancer is a general term to categorize the cancer.
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
- 1 in 3 women with breast cancer will metastasize (doesn’t matter if original diagnosis was a stage 1, 2, or 3).
- Metastized breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread outside of the breast. This is immediately diagnosed as stage 4 breast cancer.
- Stage 4 Breast Cancer (metastasized breast cancer) is terminal.
- About 5-10% of breast cancer cases are due to genetic mutations (I do not fall in this category either. Despite being tested for 6 gene mutations).
Here is a visual to get a better understanding of the severity of stage 4 breast cancer.
What I Support
Can you now see why I don’t support breast cancer awareness? It is more about advanced research, better treatment options, and finding a cure. The 1 in 3 chance to metastasize are huge odds that I wish didn’t exist. Unfortunately, I’ve known too many women around my age that have metastasized and I have friends that passed away from Stage 4 breast cancer. It’s a hard journey and an unfair one. None of these women deserved it. I’ve cried for them and selfishly for myself. Their journey feels all too real. And with my scare a couple weeks ago, it ignited my passion to find a cure.
Who To Support
When I mentioned about finding the right breast cancer organization, many of you asked me to share which ones I currently support.
What I look for in an organization is where does the money go (advanced research or supporting cancer patients) and how much of their donated money goes towards their cause. Below is a list of organizations I love to support. Of course, I’m open to supporting more!
- American Cancer Society
- National Breast Cancer Coalition
- Young Survival Coalition
Please know that this is my opinion regarding breast cancer awareness. My perspective changed when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I do hope that whatever organization you do support to just be mindful where the money is going, how the money is going to be used, and that ultimately the money you will donate is doing good.