I saw this on a t-shirt once, and wondered---why do we promote breast cancer awareness with a pink ribbon? Cancer isn’t “fun”. Cancer isn’t a celebration. Cancer isn’t about fancy walks for charity. Cancer takes a toll on the patient, families, work, finances, sleep---everything. It isn’t a pink ribbon.
So why the pink ribbon?
As with many things in life, humans need physical symbols to remind us of subjects that really matter. The pink ribbon reminds us that mothers, daughter, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, best friends, co-workers, and even strangers are affected by this terrible disease. The pink ribbon keeps breast cancer from being “invisible”.
Let’s be honest—when you know someone who has breast cancer, don’t you glance at their chest to see if you can “tell”? We all do it. We want to know if they are deformed. It is just human nature.
Breast cancer isn’t a pink ribbon. But research to treat and hopefully prevent a disease that affects 1 in 8 women is a celebration, and it is worth a ribbon.