Friday, October 14, 2005

Pink Ribbons Killing Men With Breast Cancer

SEBASTIAN, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – October is breast cancer awareness month and while many folks don pink ribbons to support the cause, one Florida woman fears the girly-colored ribbons may be killing men.

Nancy Nick believes that because the ribbons are pink, many people associate breast cancer with just women, when in fact, men also get the disease.

She says the misunderstanding causes people to ignore or misdiagnose male breast cancer symptoms, which as a result, has led to men with breast cancer having a mortality rate 42 percent higher than women.

Nick’s father is proof of that. She says her father, John W. Nick, died of breast cancer because symptoms were ignored by two different doctors.

Nick’s solution to the color problem is to have folks wear both pink and blue ribbons, which are being offered at

She figures only women will be wearing the set of ribbons though since “men hate wearing ribbons.”

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