I am sure most of you have heard the outrage from the melanoma community about the recent campaign called Melanoma Monday.. The American Academy of Dermatology has asked that folks wear orange on May 6, 2013 in efforts to raise awareness about melanoma. This seems a bit odd to most of us as orange is not the color of our cancer, black is. The American Academy of Dermatology has replied to our anger by saying their desire is to bring awareness to all skin cancers, and that orange is a color that catches attention. They have asked that we make a fashion statement by wearing orange.
While I appreciate that they are using their organization to raise awareness about melanoma, I do wish they would have used black as the color instead. They are calling the campaign Melanoma Monday, not Skin Cancer Monday, so the color technically should be black. Maybe I'm stubborn, but I will be fashionable on May 6th in black for the color of the disease that has taken too many of my melanoma friends from me.
How do you plan to raise melanoma awareness this month?
Hope you are all well!