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Friday, August 23, 2013

A Symbol of Continued Awareness

Breast cancer has touched the lives of women for thousands of years, as mentioned throughout history. It was an uphill battle because women saw the affliction as mysterious, and felt embarrassed to discuss it with their doctor. This embarrassment meant diagnosis and cure were rare. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the medical community saw this suffering of women as a disease, attacking the breasts and the lymph nodes surrounding them. Since those early times, we’ve come a long way. You would never believe today, that there was a time when women were afraid to come forward if they thought they had breast cancer. Thanks to celebrity involvement, organizations such as Susan G. Komen Foundation and literature created about the disease, awareness of this disease is no longer an issue for most people. Women and men alike now know that breast cancer can happen to anyone, so it’s no surprise that they are willing to take the necessary steps to try to prevent this deadly disease and to diagnose it during it’s early stages, when more effective treatment can be given and a cure is possible. 

The path to breast cancer awareness and treatment was not an easy one. It is paved in the sorrow of women, who fought a long battle to show other women that they shouldn’t be embarrassed by it, and to bring breast cancer to the forefront of the medical community. It’s appropriate that a symbol would represent not only the struggles of the past, but also the attempts being made today to eradicate this destructive cancer. That symbol is the breast cancer ribbon. The Pink Ribbon represents a revolution that needed to take place, in order for women to be more knowledgeable and to not be afraid to come forward, if they suspected that this cancer was possible for them.

In addition to wearing the ribbon itself pinned to an article of clothing, other garments have been created to promote awareness. One such piece of clothing is the breast cancer armband, along with T-shirts, socks, hats and just about any other garment the ribbon can be printed on.  Breast cancer armbands represent the courage of women as they continue the fight against breast cancer; it’s a symbol of how far they’ve come, and how far there is to go. It’s a reminder for women to never again feel as if they should be embarrassed by a potential diagnosis - to not allow breast cancer, or the possibility of it, to take control of their lives and families.

The symbolic Pink Ribbon will always be a part the revolution of women’s struggle against breast cancer. Now we have breast cancer armbands, along with the many other garments decorated with images of pink ribbons, which serve as the symbol of continued awareness and of keeping this deadly disease on the forefront of the medical community and to let those who may be afflicted know that they are not alone in their struggle. To once and for all, find the cure and to promote more effective treatment for breast cancer.


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