The first few times I heard on my car radio the buzz-phrase Breast Cancer Awareness, I wanted to yell in parking lots: We're already plenty aware of it, now get busy and fix it!
But yesterday morning while blogging, I remembered my last visit to the dentist. The assistant wanted more X-rays but I told her no, that I was starting radiation. She looked confused, so I said: I have DCIS.
Frowning slightly, she asked: What's that? I gave her some kind of brief answer; I think I did say breast cancer. So yes, there's still a need for awareness and education.
I'm not sure if the dentist heard me from the next little half-cubicle, but later after a quickie look in my mouth, he patted my arm and said something kind about "your problem."
So yes, as I said a couple of days ago, people are still whispering about breast cancer and afraid patients want to keep it a secret.
But awareness is useless without analysis of the problem (including finding the cause) and actively working for the solution.
And yes, I still want to yell in public places, but now I want to yell: Get busy! Find the causes and get rid of them. Fix breast cancer!