Thursday, October 04, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness


This morning I went to a press conference for the launch of new phones by Samsung and I was really surprised to see that each attendant would be given a pink ribbon at the entrance. I photographed several of them... It turns out that Samsung sponsors a breast cancer awareness association. At the same time, an exhibition called "I had breast cancer, so what?" just started at the health Minister. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in France, it kills 11 600 women per year. Screening is free but not enough women take advantage of it. The goal of the health ministry is to get 70% of women between age 50 and 74 to have their breast checked.

20 comments:

  1. Very good idea, Eric and i love your collage to support it. I haven't seen the ribbons around lately but my mother bought me a pink suede notebook in aid of the charity.

    I've no idea how to do such collages by the way...? Why, Eric, i hear you groan and see you hold your hands at the mere thought of explaining something technical to Lynn. How so?? ;)

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  2. Seriously i think it's a very good idea for these checks and we can all check our own too - i do most days. Actually it's quite fun. ;) Better still, get your man to do it for you mmm!

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  3. It makes me sick to think how in the US we can't have free mammograms.

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  4. Thank you Eric for the pink ribbon picture. Very creative how you did this and I appreciate the recogniton for such a good cause.

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  5. Bonjour Eric,

    C'est interessant, vos photos et la collage.

    A Singapour, si quelqun porte le ruban, ce n'est pas pour exprimer quelque chose important...mais parce que c'est 'cool'. Parfois, on vois les gens, surtout les femmes qui porte ces rubans pendent un jour special, ils ne savent pas le raison!

    C'est tres triste...ce pays.

    Voici mon photo blog:
    www.veryclicky.blogspot.com

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  6. There are increasingly more breast cancer survivors these days perhaps because of increasing awareness and campaigns. Thanks for the recognition.

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  7. Good job. Some friends of mine play in a band and every year they play a fund raiser for breast cancer.

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  8. Great cause, great campaign, great photos. Thank you.

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  9. Thoughtful of you Eric, thanks.

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  10. Eric it's very interesting to see Paris at the moment on the news, showing sadly the last day of Diana and Dodi. I'm wondering what are your recollections of the night and following day, were you around? What did you see? Sorry it's off topic of your wonderful Breast Cancer Charity shot, but the journalist in me needs to ask you!

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  11. Eric, this is such a great collage. It looks as though it should be on the cover of a magazine.

    I applaud these ribbons as I do the yellow “LiveStrong” bracelets (I wore one a couple of years ago when my ex’s brother survived cancer, and also in memory of my Mother who did not survive lung cancer, but all of her life had lived strong). I realize that good causes can be exploited for commercial gain, (you can't walk down the aisle of a store without seeing pink mania all over) and fads can take off like wildfire. But this does not alter the fact, does it? that awareness and change often begin with symbols and ideas. And these too, if we are lucky, can spread like wildfire, and maybe save a life.

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  12. Here in the Midwest there are annual walkathons (walks to raise money) devoted to breast cancer. These walks bring much needed awareness and are reminders (as is your topic today) of the importance of getting checked regularly. Hope life is treating you well in Paris, Eric. I've been away from the blogging lately so have some catching up to do.

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  13. Great post and great collage of photographs for a very necessary cause.

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  14. Thank you for posting this today, Eric. First, the campaign is great. Secondly, your collage is wonderful!

    As a side note, my mom survived breast cancer, and when she passed away two years ago from an aneurysm, she had been cancer free almost 40 years.

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  15. Merci Eric! I don't think there are many people on this planet that haven't been affected by this disease. Cancer is an awful thing, and thankfully through research so much more is known about it today than ever. I had a lovely aunt[Marie]that died from breast cancer in 1979. Merci.

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  16. Don't wait to be over 50 to get checked. I had a friend in her 30's who was diagnosed with the disease.

    Great shot, Eric.

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  17. As a 26 year survivor I can attest to the importance of early detection.

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  18. We got little pink ribbon pins at school that day. Since I got to a medical profession school this kind of thing is obviously very important to everyone there. Wonderful collage for a wonderful cause!

    Speaking of the collage, don't you use some type of program or something on the internet to make them? The votes for what I should do on my 100th day decided on a collage of some of my photos, so I'm trying to figure out how to do it. Any help from the mast of CDPB would be much appreciated!

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