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10-06-2010 @ 4:31PM
I applaude initiatives like that to raise awareness for certain diseases. It is my belief however that breast cancer receives a LOT of attention compared to other conditions. Alzheimer's disease is an example of a condition affecting millions of people yet we rarely see marches and huge events organized to raise awareness and money. I know there are many initiatives present but we did not see anything on the scale of what we're seeing for breast cancer for AD last month (it was it awareness month).It's just that seeing NFL players with pink gloves got me wondering why breast cancer gets so much exposure Still very cool display of what the WoW community can do
10-06-2010 @ 11:11PM
Finally, someone gets it.
10-06-2010 @ 4:56PM
Well, I can think of 2 reasons why breast cancer gets so much attention, but I'll leave you to figure it out.
10-06-2010 @ 11:41PM
I believe it's because breast cancer affects mothers and sisters and daughters. It's much easier for the world at large to associate with the possible devastation it brings than for diseases which aren't specifically about "your mommy is at risk."
10-06-2010 @ 6:13PM
Echoing my thoughts exactly. I wasn't going to be the first to say it though.If you look at the statistics and compare funds available for breast cancer research to morbidity and mortality rates, it gets almost 5 times more funding than the average cancer (hands up those of you that knew last month was prostate cancer awareness month...guess we don't care about our fathers and brothers). The numbers are even more skewed when looking at research support for noncancers. Breast cancer gets more in a week than malaria gets in a year. Which kills more people again?
10-06-2010 @ 6:35PM
I was affraid I'd get flames for this but glad to see some agree with me.Another condition that receives a lot of press is MS. I know it's a tough disease but its incidence is less than 0.1% of population...Should have gone into breast cancer research instead of neuroscience.
10-06-2010 @ 6:43PM
"Awareness" is, by it's nature, more about marketing than anything else. Alzheimer's kills people, definitely, but the way society sees it is that most people with Alzheimer's are old, and pouring resources into saving and prolonging the lives of the elderly who are no longer producing for society means that they are not as important.Please note I myself am not saying this, but that is how society treats the condition.Regarding breast cancer: There have been a lot of high-profile people afflicted with breast cancer at or near the pinnacles of their careers. This may be before most of anyone's memory, but an actress named Ann Jillian contracted breast cancer in the mid-1980's, and became very vocal about the subject. Since then, many other famous ladies have taken up the cause: Nancy Reagan, Christina Applegate, Sheryl Crow, Shirley Temple, just to name a few.Also, regarding Alzheimer's, in 1987, Ronald Reagan veto'ed a bill that would have added millions in research spending. A few years later, he's diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The point is, there just isn't as much advocacy or marketing for it as there is for breast cancer.Regarding the NFL: A lot of their "awareness" and outreach type things are done in large part for marketing purposes. Pink gloves and United Way commercials are oftentimes simply a way for the league to enhance it's image outside of its non-core constituency. It also brings the NFL a lot of publicity it wouldn't otherwise have. To the NFL, it's "image" is everything, which is why they fine players who have their socks slightly off-kilter, and they don't allow hardly any celebrations for touchdowns.Anyway, if people want to stand up for a cause, I say, carry on brothers and sisters. I don't think it's right to begrudge other causes because a certain cause is more popular than others.
10-06-2010 @ 8:04PM
I think the problem with trying to get time to raise awareness and get funding for other cancers is that they're so much less marketable. Breasts are fun and titillating, whereas most other organs are very... organic. And squishy. And icky.
10-06-2010 @ 9:33PM
As someone with MS I definitely don't feel like it gets too much attention or funding. Just because I see walk/ride for MS flyers, doesn't mean it's actually raising that much awareness. Combined with the fact that it is becoming the number 1 reason for disability in young adults, the research there isn't helping much. I might be jaded, but when almost all the research being done is by drug companies motivated by profit only, there will never be a cure. After all it's more profitable to charge $1500-2000 a month to try and slow the progression of the disease for 50-60 years than it would be to cure it.Then again I think it's criminal for companies to research, develop, and advertise drugs like Viagra. I'm betting anyone with MS, any kind of cancer, parkinsons, would trade having a limp penis for their condition in a heartbeat. Viagra is a drug that's only purpose is a profit margin, erectile dysfunction isn't a serious condition and anyone who thinks it is must live in a fantasy world. Before you tell me those profits will be used to research more serious conditions, the pharamaceutical industry is spending over a billion dollars in the current US election cycle, more than was spent by all candidates in the 2008 presidential election combined.I know I'm cynical and jaded, but I was diagnosed with MS before I was old enough to legally drink a beer. Eight years later I can't remember what it's like to even live or do the simplist tasks without enomous amounts of pain. I will live my entire adult life like this. I also know there are people who have it a lot worse than me.I say more power to any awareness event the raises funds for any disease for the most part. Childhood leukemia used to be a death sentence, now it has something like an 85 percent cure rate thanks to years of awareness events.
10-07-2010 @ 1:20AM
@StardustedI'm sorry to hear that you are affected by MS. I won't pretend to know what that's like, because I don't. I just want to say that drug companies' patents only last about 20 years, and they file that stuff years before the drug actually hits the shelves. Prices can get ridiculous, but the amount of money that goes into research, development, clinical trials, and the actual production of the drug is absolutely staggering. Research is expensive, if it wasn't then we wouldn't need to resort to huge publicity stunts to get people to donate. And if you're interested, the drug that eventually became Viagra was originally developed to treat high blood pressure and chest pain. They discovered it had a nice little "side effect" in clinical trials and so it became an ED treatment.ED is a real medical condition. So is MS. So is cancer. There are lots of really crappy things that can go wrong with the body and no matter what it is, it sucks. Some stuff is definitely worse than others, but I wish it didn't feel like all the different conditions were fighting each other for awareness and research money. That's not helping anyone.
10-07-2010 @ 10:06AM
I'm glad someone else is on point with this issue. Pen and teller had a great episode about just his subject. It's not that breast cancer doesn't suck it's that CANCER SUCKS we don't need to tack boobs on the front of it. Why do we? It's sexy. I hope that last sentence is as sickening to you as it is to me but that's the truth. Breast cancer gets so much attention because it's about boobs.Directly from the American heart association.Coronary heart disease caused 425,425 deaths in 2006 and is the single leading cause of death in America today.By contrast in 2006 there were 41,430 deaths from breast cancer. If you combine ALL types of cancer in 2006 there were 564,830 deaths.
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