Post # 1
I remember one year, it got really bad. Literally pink stuff everywhere around my town. Pink lights in the storefronts. Pink stuff on the street lamps. I wanted to punch someone.
I get that it’s for a “good cause.” But. It bothers me for many reasons.
First because they chose PINK as the color. It’s packaged as a girly, women’s illness and it is NOT a women’s illness. Way to make the MEN who get breast cancer feel even more emasculated, isolated and alone.
Second because it commercializes and trivializes it… I got a catalog in the mail from Sally Beauty supply offering me the chance to buy pink nail clippers and nail files. Give me a break. Manicure for the cure? Generates some nice cash flow for those corporations though.
Third because it’s an awareness campaign, often with the action line “make sure to get your mammogram” and often the cash goes toward paying for mammograms… for most women mammograms do not save lives, in fact they can increase your risk for cancer and put you at risk for complications from treatment you never should have had. A fact the mammogram industry doesn’t want women to know, but actually the authorities have changed their recommendation about how often you should get the screening done. If you are not high risk for cancer it doesn’t improve your outcome.
Fourth because it’s usually associated with Susan G. Komen and I am not a fan.
Fifth because… I don’t know. I’m just so sick of pink yogurt lids and pink bottles of salad dressing. I have gotten to the point I deliberately avoid buying this stuff. I hope I don’t come off heartless, I really do think it’s a worthy cause but I just wish it would back out of my face. Anyone else?
Post # 3
@Magdalena: I agree with most of these things. Awareness has become a marketing campaign. Perhaps caring in the beginning, but now it’s a little out of hand.
The only thing I would need some sort of medical journal evidence about is that mammograms don’t help. I know for a fact there are many women in my life who found lumps this way and were able to be treated before their cancer got above stage 1, giving them better chances at survival. I do not believe that people get mammograms “too often” nor that it increase the risk.
Post # 4
@love108: it was in the New York times a little while ago. They also changed the suggestions on how often you should get a pap smear (annually is not necessary, if you’ve never had a bad pap). Self exams are still the way to go. Let me see if I can find the link.
Post # 5
I just wish there were more awareness for other cancers too, not just breast. And yes, a whole month of pink does get annoying.
Post # 6
My beef was with facebook awhile back, when the whole posting the color of your bra was popular. Somehow that tied into breasts and breast cancer awareness. Everyone is aware, if you want to make a difference, donate, encourage others to get tested, etc. I can see your point in how the pink everywhere/”womens’ disease” can make men feel more emasculated and alone. I never really thought of that.
I’m a RT (radiographer)- with your statement that mammos increase the risks– Where did you find that info? I’d like to read it.
Post # 7
Agreed!! It’s insane how LITTLE actually goes to benefit those in need! I’m all for finding a cure and supporting those who need it but having pink porch lights does nothing to help.
Post # 8
IMO, it’s not a very pretty pink color either.
Post # 9
@Magdalena: I can understand where you’re coming from. The only thing that bothers me about it is that breast cancer is NOT the most deadly cancer for women. Lung cancer kills way more women (and men) every year. Also, heart disease is way more prevalent.
Post # 10
I hate how it gets so commercialized. Potato chips and cookies for the cure, really? It just seems like alot of these companies want you to buy stuff and the message gets lost somewhere.
Post # 11
Here it is:
Analysis shows that 39 million women have mammograms every year. Just 138,000 find cancer on the mammogram. And up to 134,000 of those are not helped by the mammogram (it doesn’t result in higher survival rates for them).
“The presumption often is that anyone who has had cancer detected has survived because of the test, but that’s not true,” Dr. Welch said. “In fact, and I hate to have to say this, in screen-detected breast and prostate cancer, survivors are more likely to have been overdiagnosed than actually helped by the test.”
Post # 12
@Magdalena: Ok, so yes, more people get mammograms that dont necessarily FIND something, or it doesn’t increase the odds for survival. But it does not INCREASE the risk for cancer by having one. Overdiagnosis is always going ot be an issue in any area of medicine. I’d rather more people be tested than not enough. If it takes 100 women to get a mammogram to saves ONE life, it’s worth it to me.
Post # 13
The reason it irritates me is that it doesn’t go to directly benefitting those WITH the cancer, and becomes a money maker for the corporations.
It also irritates me because there are soooo many other things that kill women (or men, animals, children, etc) that could be this publicized. If they’re going to go all out for this, why not childhood cancer awareness? Heart disease? Etc.
Post # 14
My favorite color is pink, so I really like seeing the color pink everywhere for that reason. I stock up at work on pink office supplies and stash them for the rest of the year.. haha..
But, I do agree that we, as a whole, need to do more than just buy “pink” things to promote the whole BC awareness thing. Other cancers, too. Lots of other cancers/diseases have their “own” awareness months — they just don’t get publicized like breast cancer does (i.e., September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month).
Post # 15
@love108: the problem is that for every 1 life saved there is a lot of of over-treatment and suffering as a result of false-positives. If you have surgery to have a biopsy there are likely complications from that. Sometimes, extremely serious complications. You have to weigh the life of the person with breast cancer against the life of the person who will die from an infection after needless surgery.
Lumps in the breast are typically benign and thousands of women are put through the emotional and physical wringer being “treated” for illness that does not exist. This is especially the case for younger women. What we need is a better, more accurate screening test… even when breast cancer is present, mammograms miss it about 20% of the time I believe. Men have it even worse, the Public Service Announcement test has been found to be completely useless for average, healthy men without family history.
Post # 16
They should at least pick a different month….I like seeing orange and black during October, not pink. But I agree with what you said.