For more than twenty years the pink ribbon has been used to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer, but for me, the ubiquity of the symbol is a reminder of cancer in any form—breast, colon, leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, cervical, thyroid, uterine, etc.—as well as a reminder of how much it sucks.
One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, of which sixty-four percent will experience the disease in a way that directly affects sexual organs. It’s no wonder that sexual dysfunction is so common among cancer survivors. A survey by the Lance Armstrong Foundation found that forty-three percent of women had problems with sexual function following cancer treatment. Twenty-nine percent reported “a lot” of functional impairment. Sadly, of the entire group, only thirteen percent discussed their sexual dysfunction with their healthcare provider.
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