Forget “Save the Tatas!” — Save a Life!

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Save the tatas

It’s that time of year again.
 
Every October the pinkwashing begins. “Save the tatas!” the billboards say. But what are we really promoting here? As someone who has watched women in my family battle breast cancer, and have personally been given an 85% risk of being diagnosed in my lifetime, I could quite frankly care less about saving the tatas. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women. I think we should be talking about saving lives, instead.
 
breast cancer awareness
Boob-voyage outfit my friend made for me.

This October is a big breast cancer awareness month for me because I am having a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy that will reduce my risk of getting breast cancer by about 90%. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to make this decision preventatively. I am so thankful for those who have gone before me and the research efforts made to empower all people (breast cancer doesn’t just effect women!) to make informed healthcare decisions.

 
So while we enjoy this month’s pink festivities, let’s remember that we don’t need the “tatas” to survive and thrive!

 

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