• Yes, I'm venting

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Friday, May 19, 2017

    Yes, I'm venting

    Tomorrow is Race for the Cure. Our entire office has gone pink. Everyone is expected to wear pink. I've already had to rather bluntly explain to a whole bunch of people why I am NOT wearing pink. I have nothing against our sisters fighting against breast cancer -- they deserve to be acknowledged for all they have gone through. But, darn it, it is not the only cancer in existence. Yes, men get cancer, too. And women have other places that it shows up. I am wearing my survivor t-shirt today with my peach colored ribbon on it... Sigh... Ok, I'm done griping about the commercialization of one aspect of cancer while corporate America ignores the rest of us...

    21 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      I couldnt agree more.

      I was thoroughly disgusted by a recent ad from the ACA.

      Like Peter Pan told the audience, in order to save Tinkerbell, one has to believe in fairies or, as with the ACA, in a world without cancer...

      And dont forget to donate.

      Ugh.

      Get rid of the cause(s) and the disease goes away .. Poof!

      6 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Yea Shelby !!!! You are so right about men getting breast cancer. I am so sick of pink. Also I am sick of corporations using cancer as an advertisement for their products and only giving a miniscule donation. That is why I keep my donation $$$ close to home. I asked my local Albertson's about this "pink thing" and they said that they had very little to do with all the pink labels but they showed me where they had made big contributions to both local cancer centers. Not necessarily during Pink October. Is "Race for the Cure sponsored by the American Cancer Society or by Susan G. Komen?

      6 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      BTW, what do you expect you will wear tomorrow?

      :-)

      Red & yellow? Peach?

      Sometimes I scare myself when I think of how many colors and that they cant really possibly get used up as representations. There is always another shade.

      Ask any paint manufacturer.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I am right there with you. Like you, @BuckeyeShelby, i am sorry for anyone who has fought breast cancer, but i am sick to death of it seeming to be THE ONLY cancer ... or, at least, the only cancer that deserves acknowledgement. Other cancers are FAR more deadly, even to females.

      With that said, all other advocacy groups need to take lessons from breast cancer. They have done a remarkable job at getting their story out there.

      6 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Pink Stinks....I agree with whatever you guys said.
      Breast Cancer is a HUGE Business and it's because of the Anatomy that's involved....and that's just the truth....FIND A CURE....

      6 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      It's the Komen Race for the Cure. Yeah, 'nuff said about that. And oh, Barry. You said what I wasn't brave enough to... Sex appeal sells...hate to even have to think of it that way. Plus it's visible -- until reconstruction, you can often tell if a woman has had a mastectomy. Hysterectomy, not so much. Isn't lung cancer currently the most deadly for women? Yeah, you don't really see a lobectomy either. I'd be willing to bet more women are suffering from breast cancer than other forms, but... Sigh. At least the woman who won the "Think Pink" raffle here at work today (you had to wear pink to be entered -- not kidding) is actually a breast cancer survivor.

      6 months ago
    • MEB3's Avatar
      MEB3

      Agree totally!

      6 months ago
    • Ivy's Avatar
      Ivy

      I strongly agree with all the comments. The goal of the pink group is "breast cancer awareness." A person with a brain who doesn't live on Mars is already "breast cancer aware." I'd rather the money raised go to research for all cancers--not for high-priced executives who like to live large. I advise people to donate where the funds get a bigger return for all cancers.

      6 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Wear Purple! That covers all cancers!

      As a breast cancer survivor, I get "Pinked Out" during October. Yes, get your mammograms on time, do self exams, eat healthy, and all the other stuff that goes with Breast Cancer.

      But I also realize that there are so many other cancers out there for so many other people. I do think that there is an "overkill" of Pink for awareness, but there should be more foundations for all the other cancers that effect everyone, from birth to old age.

      6 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Ivy, I agree. Invest locally. I have all my medical help at a non-profit medical center, much of the support of the center comes from fundraisers, and grants from foundations, Oncology is particularly supported by local fundraisers. Oncology has received funds from the American Cancer society for research. My local YMCA has received funds from the LIVESTRONG Foundation to provide programs for cancer survivors, Nobody ever wore any special color to benefit from these funds.

      6 months ago
    • Vivbob's Avatar
      Vivbob

      I agree, Although I have done the Race for the Cure for the past 23 years, I think many of us are Breast Cancer Aware. I did the Race so that I would not be wearing that "Pink" shirt, but unfortunately, the year that I did not do the Race, June of 2008, I was diagnosed that December 2008 with Breast Cancer, so now I have a shelf full of white and pink breast cancer survivor shirts. They could eliminate the white shirt and save a few dollars, but that is supposed to be worn by someone in support of the Survivor, which I understand. The Race her locally at the i-Wireless is June 10 and although I will be in attendance to walk proudly with the 8 - 9 years Survivors for the Photo opportunity, I will not be able to walk the race because I have developed Spinal Stenosis. It is the most unbearable pain and I have had the only allowed 3 injections. Don't or Can't get another one for 6 months. As to the other cancers that don't get all the attention, it is because of the lady that decided to do something after losing her sister to Breast Cancer. I also belong to the NormaLeah Foundation, because my breast cancer took a trip south where it took up residency and I had a laparoscopic robotic hysterectomy in July of 2015 and with Stage 111, C-1, Aggressive Endometrial Cancer, I am a prime candidate for Ovarian Cancer. Enough already. I work for food service at the high school here and now they are having Cancer Awareness t-shirts and hoodies for sale for all the "Colors of Cancer". I sure would like to know where all that money is going. I don't purchase any because I have a closet full already. We do have a gentleman in our group that has had a mastectomy and is not doing well, because the medications are all directed for women. Haven't heard anything lately and he does not respond so prayers for Bob. My pain is so terrific in my back, butt cheek, upper thigh and lower right leg, that I have to have a couple of jell packs to keep myself going. Between the lymphademia in my right leg the neuropathy in my toes and hands, my kidney failure of 5 years ago and my Cervical and Breast Cancer, I am in "pretty good shape for the shape I am in". I am still above ground. Thank God. I will be celebrating a birthday my 79th on Thursday, a birthday I thought I would never see. Thanks to all for my therapy session for today. Til later, VivBob

      6 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Like all the other respondents I too am sick of the overflow of pink. There is actually a store in our local mall called " Pink ." The windows are full of pink this and thats, although I do not know exactly all that they sell since I have never been in there. There is divisiveness and resentment within the cancer community about all the pink commercialism. To be fair the pink campaign when it started out was to create awareness and inform women about breast cancer , to increase yearly mammograms and self examinations. It has succeeded in this goal overwhelmingly, and has probably helped save thousands of lives. But too much of a good thing is too much. Businesses love the pink, " buy this and a percentage goes to fight breast cancer." Like many have mentioned, pink is everywhere. My small cancer center is decked out in pink every Oct., and lacking in color the other eleven months. REALLY?

      6 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      Ditto to @cllinda from this breast cancer survivor! Like many others in the BC community I loathe Pinktober -- and Race for the Cure should include ALL cancers! Thank you for trying to make this a teachable moment at your office.

      6 months ago
    • sugar's Avatar
      sugar

      I agree Shelby! It's also weird to see professional athletes on the field wearing pink gear during some of those games. Have you seen that? anyway, just wanted to chime in and say, "I agree!"

      6 months ago
    • Vivbob's Avatar
      Vivbob

      I guess we are all sick of all the 'pink'. I will support the Race for the Cure, but I will not buy Pink frosted donuts, that has also happened here, or the other trivial pink sales they try and force on us. Really, how much of those funds actually get to Research. There will never be a cure for Cancer, because it is big business. When I have mentioned that to my doctors, they all respond, "our families get cancer to" my response is always, yes, but you can afford it, I feel so bad for the young unfortunates that don't have insurance and have to rely of Fund Raisers, and I have been to many, when they can't even afford to keep their homes. You really have to be in charge of your own health and advocate for yourself when you find a situation like this. Enough Pink already, Teal is the new Pink but it isn't getting near enough coverage. NormaLeah Foundation works so hard to bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer and many think that if you don't have ovaries you can't have Ovarian Cancer, but we hand out many many cards with the warning symptoms only to have them ignored. Many cancer survivors think if they have breast cancer or ovarian cancer they are done, I would like to be done with cancer, but I am sure Cancer is not done with me. I am trying so hard to educate everyone about the warning signs of Ovarian Cancer and I am just a new player, almost 2 years now, and an 8 1/2 year Breast Cancer Survivor. But, it is like hitting your head against a wall. They know about The Race for the Cure, the NED, No Evidence of Disease group of doctors, like to say Breast Cancer has their ribbon but we have a band. More needs to be done to bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer, but most would rather stick their heads in the sand. Thanks for my therapy session. Til later, VivBob

      6 months ago
    • Russ' Avatar
      Russ

      I may as well join the party. I can remember being in a Wellness meeting at Gilda's Club years ago, and one gentleman brought up the question..."why is there always breast cancer awareness for this and that, and so many walks for breast cancer." I too am sick of seeing all the pink...oh by the way Purple is for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month of November. I may be wrong, but I believe pancreatic cancer is the only cancer with a less than 10% chance of survival. My best to all of you regardless of your type of cancer...Russ :-)

      6 months ago
    • Franniemac123's Avatar
      Franniemac123

      I am a survivor of uterine leiyomysarc one. I want to sing it loud and make awareness. Anyone with me? I'm really serious

      6 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Russ when I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer the survival rate was 12% (averaged for all stages), stage IV was 4%. Esophageal cancer at the time was rare in women and it remains more deadly to women,

      6 months ago
    • Russ' Avatar
      Russ

      Hello BoiseB...It is amazing to me how one cancer, or another can be more deadly to women, and not men. I understand the different organs in each gender will get a different cancer, but when both sexes have the same organs, why is one gender more likely to get esophageal cancer, and have a lower survival rate? Is it genetic? By the way BoiseB...congratulations on your 4 year cancer free anniversary. My best to you...Russ

      6 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Men are much more likely to get esophageal cancer the reason is not exactly known. The treatment for esophageal cancer is brutal. The most successful treatment for esophageal cancer is a brutal 9 hour surgery. I was however fortunate that my nephew is a primary care Dr. Two of his patients were working on a different surgical technique that combined laparoscopic surgery with robotic surgery. so instead of a brutal 9 hour surgery it became a minimal invasive surgery 9 hour surgery. Thanks Russ for the congratulations. That 4 years cancer free is for another deadly cancer this one is that is completely gender specific.
      By the way breast cancer is rarer in men but more deadly in men.

      6 months ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      This is May: brain, bladder, skin cancers are the 'guests of honor'. If your fund raiser is sponsored by the SK Foundation, will donations go to the SKF? I would be covered in May's ribbons and handing out educational pamphlets. Pink is inappropriate.

      6 months ago

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