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Breast cancer awareness needs to last longer than a month, survivors say

It is estimated that about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

Posted: Oct 3, 2019 7:24 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- It is estimated that about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and local organizations like the Oregon Cancer Foundation strive to aid those women in as many ways as possible.

Although pink ribbons and bows are the symbol of breast cancer awareness month, Katie Burke, a cancer survivor from Creswell, said people who are struggling with breast cancer need a lot more than symbolism.

"I think the thing about October is that anyone that has had breast cancer is sick and tired of pink, and the fact that when you're a breast cancer survivor, pink is a part of your life the whole year, not just October," said Burke.

Patients' daily battle is surviving, and survivors' daily battle is staying healthy, and that's what those little pink bows don't quite tell you, Katie explained. 

Another breast cancer survivor said the uphill battle starts after treatment, when patients are told they're finally cancer-free. 

"When you're done with the dizziness, and you're done with treatment and maybe you're not seeing your doctor as often, you really have to fight the mental game with cancer, which is, this is a door I will never close in my life, it will always be there, there's always a possibility that recurrence could happen," said Laura Winner, a cancer survivor from Eugene. 

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