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16 Things Breast Cancer Is Not!

16 things breast cancer is not!

In this post, I wanna get right to the point. Okay, points. And I want to be succinct, which means I am making no commentary on any of the statements on the list below. Which is really hard for me.

(I did stick in a few links, though, in case you want to read more of my opining.)

This is not a complete list of what breast cancer is not, but it’ll do for a start. I wanna hear from YOU, so be sure to leave your list additions in the comment section at the end of this post.

I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but I’m thinking a list is sometimes handy for reference and sharing. So, here we go!

16 Things Breast Cancer Is Not!

1. Breast cancer is not pink, pretty or party-like. Period.

Breast Cancer Is Not Pink, Pretty or Party-like. Period.

2. Breast cancer is not a pink ribbon.

Make that 13 Things Wrong with the Pink Ribbon!

3. Breast cancer is not the good cancer.

4. Breast cancer is not an opportunity to get a free boob job.

10 Reasons Why Breast Reconstruction Is Not a Boob Job!

5. Breast cancer is not a gift. (Don’t get me started.)

Calling Cancer a Gift Is Insulting!

6. Breast cancer is not an enlightenment program.

7. Breast cancer is not an opportunity for businesses to rake in extra bucks by selling pink crap or serving dumb-ass breast-shaped food items and/or pink beverages, or to do anything else solely intended to pad their bottom lines or boost their image.

Why Is Breast Cancer the Shopping Disease Anyway?

8. Breast cancer is not something you “do” then shelve like a book never to be opened again.

9. Breast cancer does not make you brave, courageous, strong or fill in the blank.

10. Breast cancer does not morph you into a new and improved version of your former self.

After a Cancer Diagnosis You’re a Better Person, Right?

11. Breast cancer is NOT a disease no one dies from anymore.

12. Breast cancer is not just a disease older women get.

13. Breast cancer is not just a female disease. Men can and sometimes do get it too.

14. Breast cancer is not a one-way ticket to wisdom or to understanding the meaning of life.

15. Breast cancer is not an excuse for others to objectify women or to trivialize this still too often deadly disease.

It’s Time to Stop Trivializing Breast Cancer!

16. Breast cancer is not supposed to be what October is about.

Okay, now tell me what else needs to be on this list.

And then, pass it on!

Thank you!


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What would YOU add to this list?

Which on the list above speaks most to you?

Patricia Potter

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

I feel that until more emphasis is placed on how much and how often breast cancer happens to men, the research to finding more and/or better treatments will continue to grind slowly. I can't afford City of Hope but what I read about their research gives me hope.


Thursday 28th of October 2021

Patricia, Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Ellen Tannenbaum

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Breast cancer doesn’t only happen in October.

Nancy L. Seibel

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Breast cancer is not your fault. Breast cancer is not cured by thinking positive. Breast cancer risk can in part be reduced through our own efforts. But human-caused environmental risks are pervasive and impervious to individual actions. These call for collective advocacy and action.


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Nancy, I love your additions. Thank you!


Saturday 12th of October 2019

Breast cancer is not a diagnosis for's a diagnosis for the entire family. Breast cancer is not one-size-fits-all and the treatments shouldn't be either. Breast cancer (and the associated chemo) is not a chance to "slow down and take things easy for a while".

I would come up with more but I'm experiencing a lot of chemo brain while I try and recover from a host of nasty side effects brought on by a dosage of chemo that was too high. (and I was informed AFTER this round that "oh, no one usually tolerates that high of a dosage and it's normal to have to back down...don't worry, the lower dose is still effective.")

Maybe I do have one more...breast cancer is not a time to sit back and say "whatever you say doctor, I'm in your hands".


Monday 14th of October 2019

mamamorgaine, Those are good ones. Thank you for sharing.

Mary Ellen Post

Thursday 10th of October 2019

I volunteer at my local hospital and here is my what breast cancer is NOT... Breast cancer is NOT, I repeat NOT, a bunch of decorated pink bras decorated with beads, Bangles, ribbons, pearls, curly cues, and sequins and decorate the Halls of the hospital with a disgusting reward for the best decoration. I want to run on every floor and say this is stop trivializing breast cancer!


Thursday 10th of October 2019

Mary Ellen, OMG, I hate those decorated bra displays. I can't imagine how anyone could think such a display in a hospital setting might be a good idea. Yikes.

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