• Cancer Awareness

    Asked by CarolLHRN on Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Cancer Awareness

    I admire all that the Susan G Komen Foundation has done for breast cancer. Does anyone ever feel slighted that the cancer that you are struggling through never gets attention? I keep thinking what motivation it must be to wear a survivor shirt to the Relay for Life. Those shirts don't exist for my cancer type.

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    • PhillieG's Avatar

      Hi Carol, the only time I felt a bit "slighted" was when Farrah Fawcett passed away around the same day that Michael Jackson died. It could have been a great opportunity for colo/rectal/anal/cancer awareness. Instead it became a media circus about a drug overdose.

      I've ALWAYS related to the yellow LIVESTRONG bracelets. They are for all cancers. Soon, predictably, everyone wanted their own band and color. I think they came up with Blue for us which I don't care for. I have probably given away at least 150 of the LIVESTRONG ones so far.

      I do believe that I read how that organization wants to copyright the phrase "For the Cure"
      THAT makes me not want to be associated with them at all.

      over 9 years ago
    • Elizabeth's Avatar

      I agree that it would be nice for other Cancer Awareness Charities should get more attention, but for that to happen it has to start on the bottom but with the help of survivors, patients, family, and friends other Cancer Awareness groups can get the attention it deserves! It just may take alot of time not every group has the money to market their charity. Some day it will!

      over 9 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      In answer to your question, YES! Everything is pink, and when people hear I've had cancer, they assume it is breast cancer. When I receive calls for the breast cancer support groups, I inform the caller that I'm making my donations to rare cancer research, and then send money to Sloan Kettering for Colo-rectal cancer research. (Mine is a rare cancer - Appendix - that falls under the colo-rectal umbrella.)

      over 9 years ago
    • copland16's Avatar

      Hi Carol! I am involved in Relay for Life. It's a wonderful group of people who volunteer their time to help stop cancer. The theme is celebrate our progress, remember those lost and fight back (prevent) the disease. I got involved because cancer has affected too many people I cared about. But last year I was able to walk with a purple shirt (the survivor shirt) for the first time! It was an emotional experience. For 2 years I had cheered on survivors who struggled with their journey and survived, hoping that our fundraising efforts had or will make a difference. Last year, I was the one who had survived...it was an amazing experience.
      We are looking to see how we can get more people involved in Relay for Life. It is an awesome sense of community. My Relay is Braintree, Milton, Randolph (we are just south of Boston) but there are relays around the world.
      What would inspire you to go to Relay (assuming you haven't been already)?
      And I am curious, it sounded like you think you can't wear one of the Relay shirts. If you are a survivor of any type of cancer YOU CAN!!

      over 9 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      I felt left out when I saw how after a ceremony & luncheon for breast cancer awareness, they were handing out gift bags to breast cancer patients only. This was being done the next day at the cancer center. I wouldnt have minded if this had been done maybe in some form of privacy, instead of the waiting areas. I am also bothered by the fact that there is a lot of TV commercials & fundraisers for breast cancer and nothing else. On Facebook I post a lot of info on cervical cancer. I also belong to two Facebook groups that help spread awareness. I just wish that it would also be shared in the media. I myself am too shy to do such a thing.

      over 9 years ago
    • RebeccaLynn25's Avatar

      Yes! I feel like there is a lot of attention given to Breast Cancer. Everything is pink! At the same time, I feel that they're doing what they set out to do, which is raise money and awareness. I have lymphoma and the color is lime green, ugh! I wish there was more information about ways to prevent cancer and to prevent it from reoccurring, and I'd like to know how I got it. I would like to have more education and use that to educate others, so they don't have to go through what we've been through.

      over 9 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I don't feel left out at the Relay for Life because it supports fundraising for all cancers. Our Relay for Life has the same shirt for all cancer survivors which is purple. I walked the survivor lap for the first time this year. I participated in previous years because of relatives who previously had cancer. At our Relay for Life there were people selling ribbons for all cancer types. I bought a Teal ribbon for my type of cancer (Ovarian). My husband also bought me a Teal ribbon.

      over 9 years ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      I am so glad you brought this up. I feel very left out & totally neglected.
      It seems like whatever magazine or newspaper you open, or even on TV there are ads & notices for breast cancer tee-shirts, rallies, walks, fundraisers, and even pink appliances.
      I do not mean to demean breast cancer, as it is a terrible type of cancer, but so are all forms of cancer, even the rare ones that no one has ever heard of.
      Those of us who have the rare types (I have angiosarcoma & GIST) when trying to explain to others, are usually met with a blank stare & an even blanker response.
      I have never seen any information given out to the general public by any of the cancer foundations except for the better known types of this disease, and I must say this is one area where all of these groups fail us.
      Sorry to whine, but I think this is a really important issue.

      over 9 years ago
    • Glenda's Avatar

      I understand the awareness of breast cancer, but don't understand Why all Cancer is not getting attention? My spouse is just as important as anyone else. He has Lung Cancer, which has spread to other parts of his body, liver, spleen, esphogus, Misspelled I know, and etch. The big "C" is awful no matter where it is. It is not just because of cigarettes.

      over 9 years ago
    • Chris' Avatar

      Yes I have felt slighted. I had a breast cancer survior tell me my cancer, non-hodgkins lymphoma, stage 4 was nothing because I did not loose my breasts or hair. Yes in that way, I am lucky - but after my agressive 6 month chemp tratments - I lost both thyroids and one kidney - and I am on a 2 year chemo maintnenance program now - there is not a cure yet for my cancer - so who is lucky!!!!!!

      over 9 years ago
    • RebeccaLynn25's Avatar

      Everyone keeps talking about feeling negelected because Susan G. Komen raised awareness for breast cancer. I aqree with all of you that there isn't enough awareness for some of the other cancers, I have lymphoma and there isn't anything on it! But obviously no one's done anything to bring awareness to our types of cancer. The question is what are we doing to raise awareness for our cancer? If you don't like it, then do something about it!

      over 9 years ago
    • anna's Avatar

      I agree with Rebeccalynn what can you do to raise the awareness? Make a list and start a foundation what a wonderful way to transfer your anxiety to a positive Good luck and I hope you all recover and get to wear any color you want

      over 9 years ago
    • TubThumping's Avatar

      The only time I feel slighted is when people assume I had breast cancer just because I'm female. I can't even explain what was done to me to the average acquaintance because I get the deer in the headlights look; 15cm Stage 3 sarcoma removed from shoulder girdle, limb sparing surgery with partial shoulder replacement, radiation, chemo, and now radiation necrosis with total loss of the fine motor function in my right hand. Sadly some people are ignorant because I get - "at least it wasn't breast cancer."

      over 9 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar

      What I think is really astounding is how few people are aware of esophageal and stomach cancers. According to our oncologist, it's the #4 most common types of cancer (breast, colon, lung, then gastro/esophageal). Yet no one talks about it, no one gives you the warning signs. There are no fund raisers or foundations (that I know of). It's almost 100% fatal, yet it's practically unknown unless you've had a family member go through it.

      My mother in law is a breast cancer survivor. I lost my grandfather to liver cancer. I don't think there should be such a difference made for one type or another. Research in breast cancer can help esophageal cancer patients and lung cancer patients and many others. We really need to work together more to find a cure for everyone.

      over 9 years ago
    • hometown's Avatar

      I agree it is not right to give so much to one form of cancer. I being a female also, am tired of everyone thinking I have had breat cancer. I have the second leading killer, and wear a colostomy for the rest of my life and you are right everything is pink. I also think breast cancer has the most survivors, and good for them.

      about 9 years ago
    • mimom1's Avatar

      Iagree - but I know Relay for life has a purple T shirt and does not specify what type of cancer - check w/ them.

      over 8 years ago

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