As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only that, the 13th of October was No Bra Day. Just like every year, these two phrases went viral online, especially on Twitter.
The goal of No Bra Day is simple and noble: to raise awareness about breast cancer awareness by encouraging women to forgo wearing a bra for one day. We have collected the most powerful #NoBraDay and #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth tweets to help spread the message around the world.
Scroll down, upvote the tweets you think are the most powerful and share with your friends because bigger awareness can lead to more lives being saved. And if you feel so inclined, share your stories about cancer in the comments to encourage others who are ill to keep on fighting, as well as to show them that they’re not alone.
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The very first No Bra Day occurred in 2011, but back then it was held in the middle of Summer, on July 9. However, within 3 years it was moved to October 13, so that it would coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The #NoBraDay hashtag is meant to spread awareness of what breast cancer symptoms are, as well as to encourage gender equality.
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Unfortunately, what should be a straightforward day about awareness, unity, and health is partly marred by controversy. Some people believe that No Bra Day unfairly sexualizes and exploits women’s bodies and belittles a serious, life-altering disease. In fact, there are some who believe that certain less-savory media outlets use No Bra Day as an excuse to get more readers and don’t really care about awareness at all.
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While others, like the CEO of Living Beyond Breast Cancer Jean Sachs, believe that No Bra Day is offensive in the first place: “I mean breast cancer is a life-threatening illness. It has nothing to do with wearing a bra or not wearing a bra.”
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Regular checkups are incredibly important, even if you don’t have a history of breast cancer in the family. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the symptoms of breast tumors vary from person to person. But some early warning signs of breast cancer can be the following:
- An increase in size or change in shape of the breast(s)
- Changes in the appearance of one or both nipples
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk
- General pain in/on any part of the breast
- Lumps or nodes felt on or inside of the breast
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