Deborah Gomer

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Category: cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Pink Ribbon

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and time to sport your pink ribbon. With 1:8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it’s a cause that affects most of us. Pink raises awareness and honors those who have been directly affected by this disease. We need to raise awareness because we need more information about early detection. We need more advances in research for a cure. And we need more programs to support families affected by this disease.

The pink ribbon is ubiquitous with breast cancer and many companies sport the ribbon on their products during October. When you buy a pink product, it raises awareness for breast cancer. But how do you know where your money goes? Will it make an impact? Pinkwash is a term used to describe a company that promotes pink ribbon products but contributes little to support research. These companies may even sell products that contain ingredients known to increase the risk of breast cancer. When the pink ribbon is everywhere, how do you show support and put your money to good use? How do you know your contribution has an impact? Continue reading

The Bottom Line on Colonoscopies

           I am over 50 years old and had been putting off my colonoscopy because of fear of the prep and the procedure. I know, I know—I’m an oncology nurse and most of my patients have been through the procedure. I was having a difficult time coming up with plausible excuses. I realized I needed to put on my big girl panties (then take them off) and be an example to others. March was Colon Cancer Awareness month and a reminder to schedule my screening.  This is not a pleasant subject for dinner conversation.  A lot of people have the same reservations I did. Since colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, I hope talking about my personal experience can help dispel fear and move you (no pun intended) to get screened.  Continue reading

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