17 Things No One Tells You About Breast Cancer(must look no 17)

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they wish people knew about breast cancer. Here are their responses:

1. Breast cancer isn’t something you can overcome with sheer will.

“I wish people would stop saying they ‘beat’ cancer. I saw a commercial the other day that featured a breast cancer survivor saying that ‘you can do anything you set your mind to.’ It’s not that simple.”

—Miranda Hermanski, Facebook

2. And dying from cancer doesn’t mean someone didn’t fight hard enough.

"I wish people would stop using 'he/she lost the battle, lost the fight' to me, losing has a negative connotation and cancer is a disease, not a competition. Both my parents died from cancer, they never lost any battles, they just got very sick and died." —Ivan A. Cintron Colon, Facebook

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“I wish people would stop using ‘he/she lost the battle, lost the fight’ to me, losing has a negative connotation and cancer is a disease, not a competition. Both my parents died from cancer, they never lost any battles, they just got very sick and died.”

—Ivan A. Cintron Colon, Facebook

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