So we hung out our colored underwear on facebook statuses, sent out bulk mails to your female friends to do the same, abandoned all shame and let the world know where we like IT. Lots of LOLs, curious jacks commented on that i am sure, some more guffawed at the public display of your preferences and many of your friends must have inquired what all the fuss was about…. your social status must have sky rocketed, now that we have become hep and fashionable social cause statement makers!! (ahem, I say WE as I did that too)
Till I got thinking, how much do we really know about the disease and its impact? How aware are we? Is it enough to simply put out a status to support a cause? I didn’t think so. These are some real issues and we all have to deal with it, sometime or the other. Not by just putting it out there for a few hours or guess what attitude, for friends the disease is REAL and we all need to know about it, so i began to read more about Breast Cancer – click on the link for the PDF.
Did you know that 1 in every 28 women in India are susceptible to Breast Cancer. The emerging lifestyle changes and industrailization will make these numbers get even more risky. The biggest cause of fatalities due to this disease is late detection of it. In its early stages research shows that this disease can be cured. But the first step towards the fight with this disease is to educate yourself about it. As women it is important for us to be in control of our health. A woman is the backbone in any household, but often we dont take ourselves and our bodies seriously. Ignorance and neglect can have life altering effects, thus with growing risk of the spread of this disease, awareness needs to spread as well. Read here for more information about Breast Cancer.
I have been lucky, I found this information and I am doing my bit by sharing it here for the ones who want to read more. Do you really suppose that a Facebook innuendo is helping the cause? May be it is, but folks why not be a little more educated about the disease. Don’t let it be something that will be left only on your wall. Don’t just put in that change in a donation box and walk away. Don’t let that pink pamphlet stack up with your old news papers unread. Don’t be selfish and keep the information to yourself. Share it with those women, who may never access to this information.
My friend Poonam Sharma, (_alps) has shared with me this link to a blog post when she interviewed, Dr. Ritu Biyani, a cancer survivor and her efforts to spread awareness about the same. Truly inspirational – http://bit.ly/dBYuTt.
Any female above the age of 20 years should get herself checked, doctors recommend self check exams. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits reduce the risk of breast cancer. A lesser known fact is that breast cancer may also be found in men, although rarely. Remember guys we don’t know what causes breast cancer but we should definitely know about what we can do to prevent it.
There is an age old saying that goes, “Do good and forget about it” – think for yourself about the good you have done by simply falling prey to marketing gimmicks and viral social media messages and how easily you have forgotten about it too? I wont be self righteous and say I was not a victim of this, till I realised all this is not really doing any good to actually spread about the cause, so I chose to write about it. It is important to participate in this campaign as actively as possible.
And remember ladies, breasts should not just be a topic of discussion among guys!! 😛I am tagging my twitter friends and fellow bloggers to support the IndusLadies campaign. Please do leave your comments and opinions. Anaghha Mahajan – http://stentorianloud.blogspot.com/ Poonam Sharma – http://alchemistpoonam.wordpress.com Minal – http://grangergab.com/ Ritu – http://phoenixritu.com/ and Mansi Bhatia – http://www.mansibhatia.com/ (it was Mansi’s blog post which got me reading more about Breast Cancer awareness, thanks for the post) Also Kaveri Ahuja – http://twitter.com/#!/ikaveri – for she is a Cancer survivor Prutha Narke –http://twitter.com/#!/prutha