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to get naffed off with the raising breast cancer awareness frippery?

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ChaosTrulyReigns Fri 18-Oct-13 18:05:27

Fecking FB. angry

Tbh, I'm a bit irrational about it, having been touched signifcantly by BC recently, so my view may be skewed, but how on earth is I like it on the doorknob going to raise awareness in any mindful manner?

There's a photo of lemons in an egg box with clues to changes in breast tissue that are worth looking out for. Now that's worth sharing.

And raising money by running, cakes, whatever - worthwhile as well.

But stuppid inane posts? Meh.Wanky.


struggling100 Sat 19-Oct-13 17:49:43

I just want to say one thing to all those women with a family history of breast cancer, especially those with a first degree relative diagnosed under the age of 50...

Guidance from NICE has changed recently. There is a high risk breast screening programme available on the NHS (including screening with MRI) and many of you may qualify, but it is not being offered by all Trusts yet. PLEASE pester your GP about it. Many women should be offered genetic counselling and/or testing.

tunnocksteacake Sat 19-Oct-13 17:55:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

thegreylady Sat 19-Oct-13 21:46:59

I wasn't offended by your post flowers I just thought there was another pov worth expressing.
I'll support any 'cancer is crap' campaign to the hilt.
My lovely mum died of myeloma [hardly heard of] and my gran of ovarian cancer.

CuppaTeaForTheBigFella Sat 19-Oct-13 22:08:20

porto Thank you, I'm really sorry to hear you have lost your Mum too.

Apologies to all actually, if I have been a bit shitty in my defensive views about this. I guess it just hit a nerve, and upset me. I didn't mean to be rude blush

LackaDAISYcal Sun 20-Oct-13 00:15:14

So far this year I have ignored the few messages I've had, but after reading this have posted I like it here: and linked to the cancer research donation page.
I haven't had anyone in my close family affected but family of friends have and we have our fair share of other cancers in our family.
Hiding behind twee messages will not raise awareness. YABNU Chaos.

AnaisHellWitch Sun 20-Oct-13 00:23:58

I'm over forty and adopted . For all I know there could be a history of breast cancer in both sides of my biological family. Is there any provision for early screening when these things are unknown?

Birdsgottafly Sun 20-Oct-13 01:08:37

"It might, but why not just post a link telling women (and men) how to do that correctly."

Because teenage girls and many others "blank out" what they are not really interested in, these random status's grabs people's attention and is then noticed daily, so keeps them interested, if only to complain about them.

I have seen plenty of instructions for examining the breasts etc amongst all of the frippery.

I don't know anyone who hasn't been affected by cancer. My middle DD (17) has posted an ending to the "I like" campaign, her best friend died at 18 from an undiagnosed brain tumour, my DH died of cancer, her cousin died at 23 after multiple surgeries from a female cancer, my Mum has lung cancer, I could go on.

My point is, don't assume that you are anymore affected than anyone who does indulge in this. I have seen these types of campaigns starting conversation that without them, wouldn't of taken place.

Some people are not interested in randomly finding out about health matters. It takes these sort of campaigns on social media sites to get them interested.

MN isn't a good cross representative of the general population IMO, that these campaigns are aimed at, posters on here are better informed, interested in important health issues and want to talk about those issues, rather than Cleb culture etc.

There are people who only read when the log into FB and most things pass them by. Some people use the television adverts as a chance to go the toilet and get a drink etc.

I think sometimes posters on MN widely over estimate the intellectual level of many in our society, tbh.

AndYouCanDance Sun 20-Oct-13 01:41:16

Interesting post Birds. Not being sarcastic - you have genuinely made me think.

Also, ApocalypseCheese your post made me sad, and then happy and then sad again. Your family sounds lovely and fun and your Mum was no doubt fortunate to be a part of it thanks.

BrianTheMole Sun 20-Oct-13 01:51:31

Good post birds. Food for thought.

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