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How Cagney and Lacey Taught Us About Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month, we will see pink everywhere. But in 1985, no one would dare utter the word “cancer” (in a whisper) and to combine it with the word “breast” was even more taboo. That’s why I can remember how poignant this storyline in “Cagney and Lacey” was so significant. Check out this clip.

Women, we’ve definitely come a long way.

Now, having a mammogram is part of your well woman exam. And there are organizations that can help you receive Free Mammograms.

Breast Cancer is not swept under the rug. And I believe shows like “Cagney and Lacey” helped to start the dialog among women so long ago. We don’t have to be in fear like Mary Beth.

What are you doing to help bring awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Leave a comment.

Additional Resources
To find a breast cancer screening location in your area click here.
For more information on Breast Cancer click here.
Click here to read more on how “Cagney and Lacey” helped to break the silence.

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7 comments
Brandi
Brandi

I can't believe how taboo it used to be to discuss cancer. I can imagine that it was even more scary for women who were dealing with it. I have written about breast cancer this month already, and actually learning a lot more about it myself so that I can be fully educated.

Sheri
Sheri

I may be dating myself here, but I actually remember portions of this storyline. I can't remember if I saw the airing of the original episode or a repeat, but I remember how I actually felt compassion for Mary Beth as if I actually knew her. Yes, we've come a long way.

Arelis Cintron
Arelis Cintron

Tomorrow I am doing a breast cancer awareness 5k to help raise money for a local hospital. We need to keep spreading the word!

Notorious Spinks
Notorious Spinks

Great information and clip. It's amazing how times are changing and I long for a day when we kick cancer's a**!

Val
Val

I know.. And you are not dating yourself. That's the purpose of this space. :) We've definitely come a long way but there's more work to be done. Thanks for stopping by.

Val
Val

So proud of you Arelis! Every effort counts.

Val
Val

I know. This dreaded disease has taken to many. 1:8 women will be diagnosed. That's one woman too many.

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