Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I'm gonna make you mad

I am going to say something that is inevitably going to upset someone. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am tired of it. I am tired of sports teams with their pink hats and shoes. I am tired of my newspaper being pink.I am tired of companies putting pink ribbons on their products. (Not to mention, I am never quite sure how much of my money the company is actually giving to breast cancer) I am tired of  every time I go to the grocery store they are wearing pink hats and shirts and selling hot dogs and drinks for Breast Cancer. I am tired of Face Book campaigns to turn FB pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. I am so so tired of it. Don't get me wrong. Raising money for sick people is a wonderful thing. What bugs me though is  why is Breast Cancer the only cancer getting all of the attention. I don't see all the attention made for colon cancer, for example. Why? Simple. Colon cancer isn't sexy. You can't make cutesy bumper stickers like "Save the Ta Tas " for colon cancer. What about ovarian cancer? Throat cancer? Stomach cancer? Are these cancers not as deadly? Of course they are. These cancers still kill people. People with these cancers still suffer. Why is breast cancer the only one with all the attention and money? Personally, I would be more inclined to donate and support a general cancer campaign. Everyone with cancer can benefit then. Yes breast cancer has touched our family as I am sure it has touched many other families but so has cervical cancer, lung cancer and throat cancer. I love nothing more than to have cancer eliminated for good. All types of cancer. While breast cancer awareness is good, so is all cancer awareness. I know this will upset some people. I am not being heartless. I do sympathize with people with breast cancer. I do wish for a cure. I just want a cure for all cancer.


  1. Cheryl, I have to agree with you on this one. Why not have all of these functions and events just be for CANCER RESEARCH period. Get tens of millions of dollars and then distribute the money to research on ALL kinds of Cancer. Great post Cheryl!

  2. My personal favorite is the KFC campaign for breast cancer awareness. I wasn't even thinking about the irony of the campaign until another blogger reminded us all that KFC sells food which is so high in artery clogging fats-that while we think we are saving women from Breast Cancer by buying a big 'ol bucket of that crap we are slowly raising our risk of heart disease. *sigh* Good on ya for putting your opinions out there and speaking your mind.

  3. Thank you both for your kind comments.
    RG~ I never thought about the KFC campaign like that before. You are right.