Skip to comments.Too much pink? Why all the focus on Breast Cancer? (Vanity)
Posted on 10/09/2011 10:35:55 AM PDT by Skeez
Watching football with about every player trimmed out in pink, from their shoe laces to their chin guards, I wonder, "Does prostate cancer have a month?" They do. It's September, but I don't recall any baby blue ribbons or TV adds with celebrities alerting me to that fact. Please don't misunderstand me, I do not mean to take anything away from the commendable efforts by the NFL, other organizations, and common people in their pursuit to rid the world of this devastating disease.
However, I did some research and discovered that there didn't appear to be any statistical significance to justify these levels of increased exposure of breast cancer.
I don't know what the federal funding levels are for each and I absolutely don't know all the other facts and figures. I'm sure there are many freepers that will educate me.
I'd like to know what your honest opinion is as to why breast cancer receives more attention. I am not saying it isn't fair. Educating people about breast cancer does not make people less educated about prostate cancer. This is not a zero sum gain. If anything, the efforts made for breast cancer are likely paving the way for progress with many other forms and we should all be thankful. The question, however, is, "how did it become this way?"
Are women simply better champions of their cause? Are men somehow less vocal about these things by nature? Does this discrepancy have something to do with the statistics, diagnosis, or treatment of which I'm unaware?
Symbolism over substance.
Breasts are more inspirational.
I was think the same brotha!
Every era one of the charities is the “big dog” and gets to own the American consciousness. Used to be the MDA, before then Easter Seals, now it’s Suzan Komen’s turn. This too shall pass.
It has to be better marketing and the mental thing with women about breast cancer.The stats say that out of all of the different cancers you can have breast cancer has the best survival rates if caught early and that is why I choose to donate to other cancer research that has higher mortality rates.
The organization behind breast cancer awareness just seem to be better organized than the prostate group. Few women seem to be aware that their number one killer is heart disease, not breast cancer, but the heart association doesn’t push their message as hard. Simply stated, it seems to be better PR and an awareness message that has worked.
As cancers go, it wins the booby prize?
Look at the media: women's breasts are as much an object of attention in women's magazines as they are in mens magazines, only from a not altogether different slant. Surf your cable or satellite tv and see all the shopping channels with infomercials about bras. America is obsessed with breasts and has been at least since the pin-up days of WWII. Live with it.
And yes, I had a friend, Roger Brennan, die of prostate cancer just last week.
Because blokes like boobies. Can’t fight nature.
“I don’t know what the federal funding levels are for each and I absolutely don’t know all the other facts and figures. I’m sure there are many freepers that will educate me”
I would ask who sits on the board, who else are they affiliated with and when and by who are funding decisions made.
Prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Yeah, those don’t get as much play. One is pretty much unseen. A more “internal” problem. The other just lacks the ba**s.
My guess for the next flavor-of-the-month campaign: pancreatic cancer, or "Steven Jobs disease"
Sorry; even as a survivor of the ‘big C’; pink makes me see ‘red’.
And the Susan B. Komen (or is Comen?) group has a lot of DemocRAT ties. Lots of your anti-cancer dollars go to Planned Parenthood for their nonexistent cancer-screening programs—and some think onward to the ‘Rat party. When I see pink these days, I think “pinko.”
I understand having a breast cancer awareness week or whatever. That’s fine. But this has been at least two or three weeks - isn’t that enough? These aren’t exhibition games being played to raise money for breast cancer research!
Statistics in Australia...
Each year in Australia, close to 3,300 men die of prostate cancer - equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. Around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australia every year.
Each day about 32 men learn news that they have prostate cancer - tragically one man every three hours will lose his battle against this insidious disease
One in 9 men in Australia will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men and is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men
As many men die from prostate cancer as women die from breast cancer but... a national survey by PCFA in 2002 showed that while 78% of women felt well informed about breast cancer only 52% of men felt informed about prostate cancer
The chance of developing prostate cancer increases:
as men get older.
if there is a family history of prostate cancer eg a man with a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer
Susan B. Komen is a fatty liberal who raises millions for breast cancer and gives millions to Planned Parenthood. BTW, men
get breast cancer also, but the Komen foundation being does not help them.
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