Color me stupid, but I don't get it. As a Facebook user (a/k/a addict) I was all confused when friends started posting their status as beige, white, blue, red and white, black, etc. I didn't understand. Then someone said that it was a breast cancer awareness thing and women were asked to post their bra color as their status. Then men started asking what this was and adding their 'comments' which were not related to color of bras but uses for bras and where they would like to find them.
Then a friend of mine on Facebook asked people to stop as she had a bilateral mastectomy and can't wear a bra because its painful. She had breast cancer and was very upset by this.
Finally on the news this morning, there is information that explains it in detail. Evidently women were also asked as the next step to visit the Komen foundation's website to learn more about breast cancer. Apparently it was started by users on FaceBook and not by the Komen foundation but it increased traffic to their website by 2000%.
What have we learned here? It was a relatively innocent idea that was not fully communicated. I never posted my bra color as I thought it was a bit ridiculous. The men who posted rude comments as a result were not raising awareness of breast cancer but more showing their insensitivity. The women with breast cancer don't always appreciate it.
Yes there are other cancers out there besides breast cancer. Is breast cancer the only socially acceptable cancer to have these days? I am someone dealing with multiple cancers - two for me and one now for my husband. What can we do for people with other cancers to raise awareness? There are about 200,000 cases of breast cancer in the US each year, about 30,000 cases of thyroid cancer, and 100,000 cases of colon cancer. There are millions of people living with cancer. Breast cancer is only one cancer. I would like to see the kind of awareness we have for breast cancer for all cancers.