Saturday, February 5, 2011

Why doesn't melanoma have a color?

It's bad enough to have a scary disease like Stage 4 melanoma.  You'd at least think it would deserve some sort of color in recognition.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women - it gets Red.  Cancer is the second leading cause of death for women.  Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women, and it gets Pink.  One in eight women will get breast cancer.  The most common cancer for women is skin cancer (melanoma).  But if it's caught early, it can be cured as it is one of the least deadly at that stage.

Livestrong has co-opted yellow for its cancer campaign.

Melanoma does have a nickname - "melasuckanoma".  But not too catchy.  I'm particularly fond of the general cancer slogans, especially the pithy ones, such as, "F*ck Cancer".  I have a wool cap that says that.  There are days I even wear it.

Because of my lavender tattoo, and the properties of the lavender plant, I am declaring Lavender to be the Official Color of Melanoma.

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