Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so yesterday.
Do you agree with that statement?
During a recent #BCSM chat I participated in (terrific forum by the way), more than a few participants stated they felt we needed to move beyond awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month – way beyond; and not just in October, but all year long.
Many felt we are all well aware – in this part of the world anyway.
I’m not entirely on board with that. After all, breast cancer (cancer period) is a global issue and many women are not fully informed, nor do they all have access to high quality medical care.
So yes, we still need awareness.
But we need more than awareness.
We need education about breast cancer, not merely awareness of it.
We need educated awareness.
We need reality. We need facts.
We don’t need a “prettied up” version of breast cancer.
What is awareness anyway?
Is it merely a realization that something exists?
Or is it being knowledgeable about whatever it might be? Is it about educating oneself about the facts?
THAT’S what I would love to see Breast Cancer Awareness Month turn into – sharing experiences (stage IV too), sharing facts, dispelling myths and pushing for further meaningful research.
How do we do this?
How do we shift from the too often over-simplified breast cancer awareness messages to more meaningful breast cancer education messages?
One conversation at a time.
Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what we call Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It matters what we do and not just during October, but all year long.
Still, for this one blog post anyway I’ll go ahead and say:
October is Breast Cancer Education Month.
I like the sound of that.
What about you?
What does awareness mean to you?
Do you feel we need to move beyond awareness and if so, how do we do that?