Blog Posts by Sarah Auerswald

  • I Am Aware That October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but I really don't need anyone making me any more aware of the disease than I already am.

    Both my mother and grandmother died of breast cancer over 30 years ago, and one of my aunts is an oncology research nurse, working on breast cancer.

    So I'm well aware.

    I'm well aware also, that breast cancer, although the disease I hear most about, is not the number one killer of women. That honor belongs to heart disease.

    But apparently heart disease doesn't have nearly the crack team of pr people that breast cancer does, because you'd never know it was the leading killer by looking out at the vast sea of pink ribbons. Breast cancer has an Awareness Advantage.

    I wonder what the point of all this awareness is? I mean, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want women to stop getting mammograms or doing self-exams, or for goodness sake to put researchers out of business. But why not put our efforts behind eliminating the Big Number One for a

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