41,400 people die from breast cancer every year. That's 41,400 parents, siblings, and best friends. That's 41,400 lives cut short before they could attend weddings, meet grandchildren, or travel the world. That's 41,400 too many.
Every October, tons of great organizations band together to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We're honored to join them this year with our limited WARRIōR shirt. However, one thing we've noticed about a lot of the conversation around breast cancer is that it tends to center around cis women and erases the experiences of non-binary people, trans people, and cis men - all of whom can suffer from the disease as well.
According to an article from Allure, trans and non-binary folks are less likely to get screened for breast cancer regularly, as the process can often be difficult. Many doctors, especially in the United States are not adequately trained to work with trans and non-binary patients. “The biggest challenge is the attitude toward transgender persons in the medical community. There is a lot of discrimination, and unfortunately that means some trans patients don’t seek care as often — they’re driven away,” says Timothy Cavanaugh, a physician and co-medical director for the transgender health program at Fenway Health in Boston.
However, even if someone gets regularly recommended screenings, the lack of research regarding trans and non-binary people with breast cancer is staggering. Given the state of our current healthcare system in America - not to mention the presidential administration - it's easy to assume there won't be any federal funding for... a while. So, how can you help your trans or non-binary friend if they've been diagnosed with breast cancer?
(We’d like to begin by including a Content Warning for mentions of sexual assault throughout this blog. Take care of yourselves and read with caution, friends.)
It's been a long, stressful, and emotion-filled week. The Kavanaugh hearings have, for many - especially survivors of sexual assault - been emotionally exhausting. The current news cycle is triggering for many survivors. Because of this, RAINN's hotline has been overflowing with calls to a point they can’t keep up, Twitter has been overflowing with both support and contempt for Dr. Ford, and most of our conversations here at BLōFISH have centered around the news cycle and how we can help.
Sarah wanted a career that allowed her to see the world but also let her be a part of something bigger than herself. This led her to the military. She chose this path with a goal to, “become something more.” Along with serving our country, Sarah explained that her reason behind joining the Maven program was “to inspire others to be themselves and not be afraid to show who they are.”