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Awareness for ALL Cancers

After being diagnosed with lymphoma, I realized there is a lack of awareness of blood cancers. I barely knew anything about the cancer I was diagnosed with until I was forced to learn more through my own research. However, the color pink is legitimately everywhere you look in October. When and why did breast cancer become the cancer everyone loved to hate the most?

Since we are in the month of September, I want a solution for how to better raise awareness for blood cancer and all of the other cancers that are honored this month. In addition to blood cancer, September is also the awareness month for prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, childhood cancer, and ovarian cancer. I want to find a way to showcase and give a face to each of these cancers in the way that a face has been given to breast cancer. Do you have ideas about how we can continue to raise awareness about blood cancer? Leave a note in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: According to estimates by the National Cancer Institute, lung and bronchus cancer will be the deadliest cancer in 2018, followed by colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.1

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  1. Cancer Stat Facts: Cancer of Any Site. National Cancer Institue. Available at https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html

Comments

  • gfriss
    1 year ago

    The Prostate Cancer Foundation has partnered with Major League Baseball and Fox sports to raise awareness. They have some excellent resources on their website. PCF raises money for research with $.81 out of every dollar going to research. I learn about other types of cancer because quite often a new therapy might start in one type and move to others. The more you know the more you can advocate for yourself.

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    1 year ago

    Thank you @gfriss, and you are so right. Where one research starts benefits other areas along the way.

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    1 year ago

    Racheli, It always amazes me when some cancers are well known than others. They’re all a horrible match, but I find some become the more liked (if you will) at the party. It’s a frustrating process, but I totally agree with Daniel… It starts with education as well as advocates.

  • Racheli Alkobey moderator author
    1 year ago

    Hi Yolanda! I totally agree. That’s why it’s up to us, on the front lines, to continue to advocate and share our stories with the world!

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Racheli,
    Yes, though we’re giving of ourselves sharing our stories, it’s actually the right steps in bringing these disease to the forefront. Best!

  • Daniel Malito moderator
    1 year ago

    I think people don’t even realize that things like leukemia, lymphoma, and MM are blood cancers. It all starts with education and with this generation, that means online videos.

  • Racheli Alkobey moderator author
    1 year ago

    Yep! I know I didn’t when I was originally diagnosed! Doing my best to challenge those pre conceived ideas regarding cancer and putting as much useful content as possible online so future generations will have the opportunity to be informed. Thank you so much for your comment!

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