I got your attention, didn’t I? Now what in the heck do I mean by this blog post title? Has the country air finally gotten to me? There is a method to my madness, so bare with me. I promise I have a point.
How many of you have seen the weird random one word Facebook posts? Have you ever read one of those eye brow raising status updates? I guess I need to elaborate about what I mean… the status update is a color or a place (i.e. “behind the couch,” or “pink”). Then you fall into the trap of liking the update and you get the infamous chain message that says you need to keep the chain going by posting the color of your bra or the last place you put your purse. The goal is to raise awareness for breast cancer or some other cause.
So I am all for raising awareness for causes. We have all been affected by something at some point in our lives but is posting bizarre status updates really the way to raise awareness? I am going to rant for a brief moment so bare with me, and please be sure to let me know if I am way off base.
So I understand the need to raise awareness for causes such as breast cancer but we need to stop making this a cliquish culture. For the purposes of my argument, I am going to focus on breast cancer but this applies to other causes too. Breast cancer is not just a women’s issue. Men can get breast cancer, honestly, even if they didn’t they are still affected by breast cancer. Why are we excluding them from the opportunity to raise awareness? Isn’t it time to actually raise awareness through education? I would love to be able to share posts that actually educate the public.
I dug into the statistics. (Yes, my nerd is showing, LOL) Did you know “in 2018, as estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of on-invasive breast cancer” (U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics, 2018)? I didn’t know this. How about the statistic that 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime (U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics, 2018)? That means at least 2 of my female friends may develop cancer. That is scary to think about.
Men aren’t excluded from this disease either. Obviously, like other diseases, breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. 1 in 1,000 men have a lifetime risk of breast cancer (U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics, 2018). While that doesn’t mean that the men in my life are necessarily at risk, it does give me pause. That’s not a statistic that I have seen on a Facebook status. I know those odds for men are small compared to women but still why are we not putting the facts out there and educating people?
I am asking that from now on when you get those chain messages telling you to post the color of your underwear, or your bra cup size, consider posting a fact about the cause you are being asked to promote. Lets consider educating people. I want to rally support for those 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in U.S. (U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics, 2018). Who’s with me?
U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics (2018). Retrieved from http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics
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