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Sep 4, 2017 01:37AM
Sep 4, 2017 02:04AM
Traveltext, it must be very strange to be a man with breast cancer. I read that breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women so I wonder if lumps are often ignored in their early stages because men don't automatically think of cancer as we ladies do?
I think the Komen organization has done a great job of increasing breast cancer awareness, helping women feel more comfortable talking about breast cancer and helping encouraging women to get regular mammograms. It's definitely time for them to shift their considerable resources from awareness to a cure. There's an implication that catching a lump early is a guarantee that you're cured. Especially for those of us with triple-negative cancer, we know that's far from the truth. Indeed, the first person I met at my infusion center was a lovely woman with triple negative who'd progressed from stage 1A to stage 4. I think they are moving toward that shift.
As for companies milking our horrific disease for tiny contributions (no pun intended), shame on them! I was annoyed when a local car dealership said one sentence about breast cancer awareness, then indicated a contribution (no amount stated...$5? $5,000? X%?) would be made to some unnamed women's charity for each car sold. I'm sorry, but don't exploit our disease to highlight your charitable contributions when you're not even supporting a breast cancer research organization.
I don't get offended by "Save the Tatas" shirts. I understand some thinking it's a cavalier attitude toward a serious illness, but I believe it speaks to being more candid about a disease that used to be talked about in whispers in the ladies' room. People, including me, often diffuse awkward situations with humor. McDonald's is very generous to charities so neither do the pink arches bother me. They might remind a woman to see a doctor about that tiny lump she found in the shower a week ago, but hasn't taken action because kids, grandkids, work, volunteering, life distracted her.
I will reach out to Facebook Friends next month to suggest they be judicious in purchasing products adorned n pink and, as with the Hurricane Harvey tragedy, will recommend they check Charity Navigator to help them find groups that will benefit breast cancer research, not just a business's pocketbook.
5/20/2016, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left
7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes
7/25/2016 Lumpectomy: Left
10/9/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
9/4/2017 Whole-breast: Breast