“Oh, no – it’s ‘Pinktober’ once again”

Unfortunately, I cannot view the article in its entirety, but this opinion piece from dnnews.com (posted today), but what I could view truly captures the sentiments here at takebackteal:

Did you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month? It’s hard not to notice when our attention is drawn to the pinkness of NFL players, toilet paper, yogurt pots and slippers.

Did you know September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Awareness month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and that November is Lung Cancer Awareness month? No?

I’d like to point out the reference to the NFL – what’s ironic is that my several-year frustration came to a breaking point this past Sunday. As I was watching the Eagles vs. Steelers game (I’m a Giants fan, ha!), I was assaulted with pink sneakers, sweatbands, and even the ball.

Like a giant pink nightmare, the crushing reality of how little people seemed to care about other cancers just hit me in the face – over and over again.

Lack of awareness and attention truly is life-threatening. On September 20, 2012, Yvonne T. Betwowt of The Huntsville Times reported that, in Alabama, a young woman was faced with an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Two days after getting home from the hospital – on Robbie’s birthday – they began searching the Internet for articles about ovarian cancer, but became frustrated at the lack of information available.

Sad truths, but increasing education about this disease could truly save lives.

I regularly fantasize about a world where teal is just as prominent, and when women start having symptoms, they can have a good, strong reference point to begin medical testing.

PS – If anyone has full access to the “Oh, no – it’s “Pinktober” once again” please share. Thank you!