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Posted on: Oct 2, 2015 08:42AM

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which can be an overwhelming time for many women and men affected by breast cancer, but could also be seen as a month of hope and progress against the disease.

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Oct 2, 2015 09:22AM SummerAngel wrote:

I hate it. Before my diagnosis I was pretty oblivious to BC, and even then I hated this month because everything was pink everywhere and it didn't really mean anything. My eyes just passed over all of it - I hate the color pink! Now I find it even more annoying because the vast majority of it is lip service. It seems that most companies feel like they have to throw a bit of pink into their advertisements this month. In fact, I got a couple of advertisements in the mail the last couple of days where companies made some of their items pink "for the cause" but nowhere on the ad did they list ANY donations to a BC charity. It's ridiculous.

Age at dx: 45. Oncotype, left-side tumor: 9. Right side had multifocal IDC and "extensive" LCIS. Isolated tumor cells in 1 right-side node. Dx 3/27/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 4/27/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 6/1/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 6/1/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/27/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/3/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Oct 2, 2015 09:24AM ShetlandPony wrote:

Mods, I hope you are ready for a tidal wave of responses.

2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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Oct 2, 2015 09:52AM - edited Oct 2, 2015 11:06AM by MusicLover

I think that awareness is important and I realize that we can all say that we are well aware and need a cure and I totally agree with that but I do think of the younger generation, I believe that is who this month is for. With that said, I would like to see things be more respectful - no more nicknames for breasts and no more scarfs, hats, tee shirts, etc. with breasts depicted on them. The narratives should be about saving lives and honoring those that have passed on from this disease. (If we had a walk for testicular cancer we wouldn't be walking around with testicles hanging from a scarf or shouting save the balls, or would we?) AND make sure that everyone realizes that 70% of those diagnosed have no history of breast cancer in their family, that would be a good t-shirt.

Pink itself doesn't bother me, it's the disease that bothers me.

I also hate when the word prevention is used, mammograms do not PREVENT breast cancer nor does following a particular diet or not using birth control or etc., etc. Show me a list of ways to prevent this and I'll show you a woman who has done all of those things but she still has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

AND last but not least, there needs to be a real good set of guidelines for screening and a good method also, something that does not miss the cancer. We have all of the awareness we need but yet when a young woman is concerned about her health many doctors will say you're too young! That is just horse chit, why make people aware and then tell them, "Oh no, that can't happen."

Hopefully a cure will be found soon but we can at least improve on how we raise awareness and certain doctors can improve on how they handle someone who is concerned about their health.

I forgot this, if there are certain conditions that increase a women's likely hood of being diagnosed with this disease they should be made AWARE of that. For instance, recently I read on BCO that certain benign conditions put a person at a greater risk. I think there should be a form which the patient needs to sign which states you have been found to have a benign condition (they should state what it is) and this increases your likely hood of being dx with breast cancer. Some doctors are good at informing patients of this type of thing but MANY are not.

As per PET scan, 3 or 4 nodules in the right breast, 2 of which were actually in the middle of my chest, the other 2 were side by side in the breast. Also DCIS in the left breast. Dx 9/23/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 1/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 10/9/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 2, 2015 10:26AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Mods, check out Pinktober Revolution thread. There has been some EXCELLENT posts there recently that sum up how a lot of us feel.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 2, 2015 10:38AM MusicLover wrote:

TheDivinieMrsM has a good thread too.

As per PET scan, 3 or 4 nodules in the right breast, 2 of which were actually in the middle of my chest, the other 2 were side by side in the breast. Also DCIS in the left breast. Dx 9/23/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 1/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 10/9/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 2, 2015 11:00AM - edited Oct 2, 2015 11:45AM by ShetlandPony

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2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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Oct 2, 2015 11:43AM SelenaWolf wrote:

It's the "cutsey" slogans that get me. I found the following list on my first Google sweep:

A feel a day keeps the doctor away.
Big or Small, Save them all.
Big Or Small, Let’s Save Them All.
Boobies Make Me Smile.
Boobs, Sweat and Tears
Boobs: They could use your support.
Boobs: They Need Your Support!
Breast In Show.
Breast Power.
Cancer Survivors Are Sexy.
Check your bumps for lumps.
Don’t Let Breast Cancer Steal Second Base.
Feel For Lumps. Save Your Bumps.
For Guys, Every Month Is Breast Awareness Month.
I <3 Boobies.
I Am A Breast Man.
I’m Here For the Boobies.
Put Your Breast Foot Forward.
Save A Life, Grope Your Wife.
Save Second Base.
Save the Boobies.
Save the Hooters.
Stop the war in my rack!
Thanks For the Mammories.
The Breast Is Yet To Come.
These Boobs Were Made For Walkin’.
Walkin my buns off for boobs.
We are fighting to keep a BREAST of the competition.

Hate it-hate-it-hate-it. There are ways of getting the message out without being so insensitive and crass.

"... good girls never made history ..."
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Oct 2, 2015 11:52AM ShetlandPony wrote:

Here are the relevant threads I know about:

Are You A Fan of Awareness? (Divine's)

Pinktober Revolution

Looking for Pinktober Alternative buttons, shirts, charities

#pinkisnotacure Let your Voice Be Heard

First Puketober sitings! [sic]

(Sorry, I had a problem trying to add links above so here are the names again.)

2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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Oct 2, 2015 11:54AM - edited Oct 2, 2015 12:37PM by Moderators

sas-schatzi wrote:

Cheerleading for BCO. They are our home, our resource, we gain so much by being here. They have costs. Let's help.

They make periodic requests by email. They're is the donation link in the header. An easy way for those that do online banking is to set up a donation on a predictable basis.

We need to do this. They take care of us. Let's make sure we take care of them.

You don't have to send a check. Do it simply in your online banking. But if you are still stuck on checks.........

To donate by mail, please send your check payable to Breastcancer.org to:
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link to BCO Our biggest advocate

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/110/topic/834331?page=1

Link to the mainboard donation page

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Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting "holy crap....what a ride".
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Oct 2, 2015 12:47PM Meow13 wrote:

Put the money toward a cure. Most people think if you find it "early" that is the cure. The wrong message it is so frustrating to us. I hate the whole thing.

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Oct 2, 2015 12:55PM Partyoffive wrote:

i am really disgusted hearing about prevention-prevention??? Like i could and should have prevented my csncer from being diagnosed at metastatic. If i see one more fake boob or men in tutu's what does that have to do with 40,000 people dying a year?? Do you see colons being paraded around or ovaries? I feel like they have trivialized this disease and it makes me so angry.

Sorry I just walked through a major dept store and see they that they will put pink ribbons on anything and people buy it thinking tney are helping the "cause" i too was ignorant just a few years back and have learned the hard way. I dread October but hopefully i will have a few more to dread but you never know with this disease it's not all sweet and cutesy like people want to believe it's deadly and wearing tiaras and tutu's will not stop it from progressing inside of me

Dx 6/2013, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, 9/21 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/17/2013 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2013
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Oct 2, 2015 01:01PM sbelizabeth wrote:

SelenaWolf, I love, love, love your list. A long list of incredibly insensitive, trivializing slogans.

Hey, world, you can have my ta-ta's, boobies, 2nd base, bumps, hooters, rack. SAVE MY LIFE.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Oct 2, 2015 01:16PM - edited Oct 2, 2015 01:26PM by DivineMrsM


A few weeks ago, I started a thread asking

"Are a You a Fan of Awareness?"

It's very insightful, some for it, some against, and some neutral. Here's the link if you're interested in reading further:

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/8/topic/834968?page=1


found lump 12/22/10~er+/pr+/her2- stage iv bone mets------------- Chemo~lumpectomy~radiation~arimidex------------- March2019/Ibrance-Aromasin---------- Sept2019/Verzenio-Aromasin
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Oct 2, 2015 01:43PM watersup1 wrote:

Thank you, breastcancer.org, the sanest website out there related to breast cancer.

Many of the women here have expressed how I feel: I hate the commercialism and the sense that corporate entities have done their "duty" by offering pink products; I hate pink; I hate the language that's out there related to women's breasts (thanks for the list, SelenaWolf) and I want to focus on "cure," not just prevention. On the other hand, I'm glad breast cancer gets attention, as there are so many diseases that do not.

All the sports teams at my daughter's high school raise money during October for Play for the Cure. This year, I suggested to our field hockey team boosters that we raise money instead for a local organization in northern New England, My Breast Cancer Support, that provides tangible, practical and emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families (things like helping with transportation or fuel oil costs, groceries, an evening out, etc.). What's weird (interesting? insulting?) is that, as the token breast cancer survivor in the group, they were more than happy to hand this effort over to me to organize and publicize. I guess having had breast cancer makes me an expert now!

Dx 7/20/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Oct 2, 2015 02:43PM DivineMrsM wrote:

watersup, i applaud you for speaking up and asking that the funds raised go towards actual assistance, not just some education pamphlets. What's even better, is the money stays in your community. It's a great way for the students to see their hard work in action. Of course, organizing the event is another matter, yet who knows? You may find people more willing to give when they know the money is staying in their own community and they may even know people who benefit from it.

found lump 12/22/10~er+/pr+/her2- stage iv bone mets------------- Chemo~lumpectomy~radiation~arimidex------------- March2019/Ibrance-Aromasin---------- Sept2019/Verzenio-Aromasin
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Oct 2, 2015 03:01PM Spookiesmom wrote:

This will help how?

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 2, 2015 03:02PM Lily55 wrote:

My heart sinks when we get to October.......its all one big commercialised CON. There is no real info out there about types of cáncer, most people still look for a lump but us lobular girls know differently. The campaigning is dis-respectful, sexist, demeaning and mis-leading and mis represents the reality for those of us who have survived so far..........I also HATE that there is no escape from reminders of cáncer day in and day out...............

Dx 4/2012, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 8/15/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2019 External: Bone Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Oct 2, 2015 03:03PM Lily55 wrote:

THe post above shows what I mean, it makes the bloke look like a good bloke and demeans breasts, they look like cupcakes fgs................

Dx 4/2012, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 8/15/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2019 External: Bone Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Oct 2, 2015 03:11PM - edited Oct 2, 2015 03:28PM by dlb823

The emphasis is all wrong. No change in dx or survival stats in 30+ years, since Komen starting telling us that breast cancer is pretty and pink, and that an early dx is the simple solution.

Pinktober has become a marketing holiday with every business imaginable slapping a pink ribbon on their product or advertising and believing it is somehow helping with awareness, while (how convenient) also giving their bottom line a boost while sometimes not even actually donating to anyone. And tasteless photos and programs emphasizing boobs or tatas or bras are obnoxious on a whole other level and need to be called out for what they are.

I am angry. We are all (at least in the US) aware, unless we've been living under a rock. Tasteful reminders are fine. Wearing pink is fine if it makes you feel good or feel like you're honoring someone fighting bc, as the nurses and office folks in my local onc's office do this month by wearing pink scrubs. I don't object to that kind of pink. But we absolutely have to shift the emphasis from awareness being the answer -- which the dismal stats totally disprove -- to demanding more funding for metastatic bc research.

Thankfully, I believe the tide IS starting to turn! But we must all speak out to keep the momentum going, and keep pushing for more research funding. Deanna


Deanna "The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears" Native American proverb Dx 2/1/2008, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/3/2014, Stage IV
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Oct 2, 2015 03:17PM - edited Oct 2, 2015 03:42PM by DivineMrsM

Yes, dlb, a pink marketing holiday is what it's become. I've been dealing with bc since late 2010, and in these five years, the emphasis on all pink has gotten that much worse. It's really bothering me this year.

I object because they are once again stereotyping women. Why, women can'thandle the rough stuff, so make it all pretty, pink and about shop shop shopping and buy buy buy. Swap out the pink with red and green and what do you get? Why, Christmas, of course. Btw, do you ever see men wringing their hands during the holidays, vexing over shopping, getting presents wrapped, stressed about all they have to get done for the holiday? I don't. It is atrocious that we have so many women feeling that they have to buy their way to good health, buy their way to a happy holiday, the only way to have fun is to shop and look pretty. And maybe if you do, the breast cancer bogey man will see your good deeds and skip over you.

Much of the info given out seems superficial. The Facebook page for a breast fest at a local hospital yesterday had an article about prevention, you know, eat your veggies, exercise. They had people decorate bras in a "Bra'dway Theme". All this hoopla. Let's stay in the happy place and maybe the cancer bogey man won't find us

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Oct 2, 2015 03:22PM queenmomcat wrote:

Free and easily available screening? Great. Now, how about financial and practical help for those who get diagnosed? Don't wait until we ask you. We may not know we can ask for a lot of the help that's already there.

Dx 5/27/2015, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 7/6/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/31/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2015 Reconstruction (left)
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Oct 2, 2015 03:58PM - edited Oct 3, 2015 09:17AM by MaggieCat

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Dx 10/16/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 10/16/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 10/31/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 12/16/2014 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 3/18/2015 Whole-breast
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Oct 3, 2015 10:33AM thepinkbirdie wrote:

I haven't been on this site for a while and I tend to come back when Pinktober hits. I may also post these questions in another forum...

What has come to mind about this month is, do any Komen locations facilitate breast cancer SUPPORT GROUPS? If not, why not? Aside from the fact that there is no money to be made from support groups.

thepinkbirdie.blogspot.com Dx 6/2/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 3, 2015 10:57AM Spookiesmom wrote:

This was in the Tampa Bay Times this morning. I thought it was nicely done.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 3, 2015 11:27AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

selenawolf,

Thank you for that list. I had heard some, but not all of those slogans. Simply appalling.

Caryn

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 3, 2015 02:58PM Bliss58 wrote:

Couldn't agree with you more, Deanna and DivineMrsM, you both saved me a lot of typing. Personally, I am especially angry with Komen, just seems like a big money making machine and where is it all really going? They used to donate only 19% of funds to research, now it's down to 17%. And, my understanding is only 7% goes to MBC which is the killer. How is that finding a "cure?" #pink-is-not-a-cure

Dx at 56 06/2015, IDC left, 4cm, de novo mets to bone; dx 04/2020 progression to liver. Dx 6/1/2015, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 6/30/2015, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 12/16/2015 External: Bone Surgery 2/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/9/2016 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2018 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 4/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Oct 3, 2015 03:10PM GetSmart1996 wrote:

I am a survivor for 18 years . I was fortunate that my breast cancer was caught in its very early stages by an annual Mammogram. I had known others who survived breast cancer, but truly did not understand the devastation women (as well as men) suffer from this disease. At the time of diagnosis, I was working for Governor Gary E. Johnson of New Mexico. Working with several groups of survivors, aided by First Lady Dee Johnson, we set up a showing in the State Capitol Building's Governor's Art Gallery with works of art whose artists were all breast cancer survivors to honor these survivors and all survivors by the Governor's Proclamation of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month on New Mexico. It opened on the first day of October. I would be remiss if I did not mention Sabina, a survivor and artist, who located many of our artists in and around Santa Fe, NM. More survivor events should be held all over the country to raise awareness, especially among younger women.



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Oct 3, 2015 03:38PM - edited Oct 3, 2015 04:09PM by Traveltext

I was a newbie BCer last October, having just finished treatment, I was invited by the committee of my small town's pink fun run to address the crowd about males getting breast cancer. I wore a blue t-shirt, and amongst the sea of pink it made my point that, while rare, males get the disease too.

Now, a year later, I've come to see that Pinktober really is a monster out of control. Not at the grassroots level, but as the corporate level, where dollars are made and donations to effective organisations are not very transparent or even accountable.

I can now also see that the whole Pinktober breast health campaign is bad for males. Because pink has been chosen to denote breast cancer, it is reinforcing the common perception that males don't get this disease. They are hence diagnosed later, since they and their health practitioners are not suspecting the disease and therefore not recognising symptoms early enough.

As well, since there is a lack of male-specific clinical research, and even basic collation and analysis of treatment meta data, the treatment for males is based on what has proven effective for women.

Consequently, men's survival rates are lower than for women.

As a man who is happy to talk about his breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, I am always quick to point out that the care I received was first class and equal to that of the many women I was treated alongside. And I'm pleased to see from the posts on BCO that many women also hate the pink-washing of breast cancer.


NED breast and prostate cancer. More on Male BC

Dx 03/14, IBC, Lgth. 2cm, Stge IIIB, Gde 2B, ER+/PR+, HER2- ; FEC x3, Taxol x3; Mx & 2/23 nodes; Rads x 33; now on tamoxofin.

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Oct 3, 2015 04:16PM Traveltext wrote:

The Tampa Bay Times story on male breast cancer can be found HERE

NED breast and prostate cancer. More on Male BC

Dx 03/14, IBC, Lgth. 2cm, Stge IIIB, Gde 2B, ER+/PR+, HER2- ; FEC x3, Taxol x3; Mx & 2/23 nodes; Rads x 33; now on tamoxofin.

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Oct 3, 2015 04:19PM labelle wrote:

It's become like a holiday, totally commercialized and it has begun to seem almost like people are celebrating breast cancer. Not something I'm willing to celebrate, shop and decorate for. Thanks, but no thanks.

I will be glad when this month is over. We are all aware of BC, with so many women being diagnosed with it, I'm pretty sure everyone knows someone who has dealt with or is dealing with BC. We don't need more pink shirts, pink scarves, pink ribbon stickers or jewelry or any other pink shit. We need a cure or a way to prevent BC (not just generally good diet/exercise stuff). For me, and many of us I guess, October sucks hard, you can't go shopping or out to eat or even go to work without pink being shoved at you. Enough already and it's only 10/03.

Dx 9/29/2014, IDC: Tubular, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/13/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast

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