In case you didn’t already know, October is International Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Throughout this month, I have seen shops sell everything from pink ribbons, to pink chocolate biscuits, pink bras, pink soap, pink light bulbs and even pink tomato sauce bottles… lots of pink!
Every time I walked past a random pink product, I thought, “This is awesome!” and felt somewhat inspired that if large corporations can make an effort to spread public awareness… perhaps I could say something on this website.
And, well, have an excuse to post a picture.
Two weeks ago, a new friend of mine died of breast cancer. While she was a mature woman who had lived a full life, I know other women – around my age – who are fighting and struggling with breast cancer.
My husband has nearly died of cancer, and being so close to his experiences, I know that there are two really important things about surviving cancer –
1. Treatment is much more successful, and much less painful, if you find out about it early. So get into a screening programme. Find the cancer early – or even better, find out you don’t have cancer.
2. So much more research needs to be done to find better treatments and to find the causes. And that costs money. So it makes a lot of sense to invest in the future, and donate a little to help fund research.
You can read some more women’s responses to this issue at Blogging for Boobs.
Dina Rabinovitch, died yesterday from breast cancer. She wrote a column at The Guadian UK, about her battling journey. Read an extract from her columns.
You can shop at The Breast Cancer Site to fund mammograms for women in need.
Or donate to the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Or donate at Australia’s National Breast Cancer Foundation.