#AllCancerMatters, not just boobs.

Am I the only one who is sick and tired of ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month?’  I’m so sick of it, it is even turning me off on my favorite sport: professional football.  (American style of course)  Every time I watch a football game in October its pink this and pink that and it is so obnoxious it is distracting from the game.

Don’t get me wrong, I like pink.  This however, is pink overload.

I’m also concerned about Breast Cancer, but breast cancer isn’t the only cancer.  There is lung cancer, skin cancer, brain cancer, bone cancer, late onset leukemia (a form of the disease that hits older adults) pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and far too many more to mention.

Not one of them have a whole month dedicated to them and none of them have a color or  the NFL forcing their players to wear and obnoxious overbearing version of that color in every single game.  Why do we care so much about breast cancer and virtually no concern about all of the others which affect men and women?

I suspect this goes back to the feminist war for total domination.  Cancer that affects women is vastly more important than any cancer that affects men.  We must focus on women, because women suffer (and men do not), women don’t need men, but need your complete attention for a whole month for a cancer that is not responsible for the majority of deaths by cancer while ignoring all other cancers.  Yes, men die of breast cancer too, but at such a nominal rate that no one really thinks of men when they think of breast cancer, if they did, wouldn’t it be a pink and blue ribbon?

According to the CDC:

In 2012 (the most recent year numbers are available)—

  • 224,147 women and 2,125 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer.*†
  • 41,150 women and 405 men in the United States died from breast cancer.*†

Meanwhile the numbers were a bit different for lung cancer:

In 2012 (the most recent year numbers are available)—

  • 210,828 people in the United States were diagnosed with lung cancer, including 111,395 men and 99,433 women.*†
  • 157,423 people in the United States died from lung cancer, including 86,689 men and 70,734 women.*†

Roughly half as many women got lung cancer rather than breast cancer, but twice as many died from lung cancer.   Oh yeah, and a whole bunch of men died too, but remember; men don’t count.

Each year roughly half a million men and women die from cancer in the United States.  Less than ten percent of those from breast cancer.  Yet we barely offer lip service to those other deadly afflictions.

In many ways breast cancer awareness month reminds me of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.  Ignore everything that is killing blacks and focus on a small (by comparison) issue.  And as many have been called ‘racist’ for saying, ‘why not #AllLivesMatter’ I’m sure I’ll be called ‘misogynist’ for daring to say, #AllCancerMatters, but I guess that just comes with the job.

So help spread the word by spreading the hashtag #AllCancerMatters and maybe we can get the NFL to cut down on the pink a little.


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About worleyf

Semi-retired Media Relations guy, former radio and TV reporter and legislative aide. Middle of the road Libertarian (as if that actually existed) who reviews current news items and stories, and offers an alternative point of view.
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