My Dad died from lung cancer, and it was a harsh, fast death. Lung cancer is one of the fastest killers because it takes so long for you to be aware that it is there, that it is often too late. So I agree with her 100%. No one ever wants to hear or talk about the "dirty" cancers.
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My husbands best friend died last year from Alveolar Soft-Part Sarcoma..a very rare form of cancer. When diagonsed his doctor told him that the odds of him winning the lottery twice were better than getting this type of cancer. There was/is no known treatment and the usual lifespan from diagnosis to death is one year. He lived two. Watching him fight this cancer and struggle to find clinical trials made us very aware of the need for research/funding for cancers that have NONE. I have always been a big supporter of breast cancer awareness. My grandmother, two aunts, and three cousins are all survivers. What I learned though, is that there is very effective treatment, funding, and awareness. No one should ever be told that there is no treatment known available. As the link stated it is not because I feel anything less for breastcancer. However, everyone deserves a fighting chance. There are so many different types of cancers that we don't know very much about that need help. Organizations like Lance Armstrong's Live Strong and the American Cancer Institute work to spread the funds around but it is never enough.
Dear Jenn, Thanks so much for keeping this discussion alive. One of my commentors on my blog said my son and I came off sounding "harsh" and objected to the term 'sexy' when talking about breast cancer. I have breast cancer survivors in my family and I hope the research continues to find a cure, but all the other deadly cancers need funding also. It should be automatic...why do we have to 'convince' politicians to fund this kind of research??My sister Mary Sue died of cervical cancer in 2008. I was honored to be the one to take care of her for the last year and a half of her life. It always made her feel forgotten when all she saw was pink everywhere. I had to admit that I did not even know the color for GYN cancer (teal). Almost impossible to find any support campaigns. The women with breast cancer where always talking and comparing notes in the radiation and chemo waiting rooms...no one wanted to hear about her cervical tumors or about her radical Vulectomy. If you think losing a breast is traumatic, try coming to grips with having your vagina sewn shut at the young age of 54. No one wanted to talk about that. Forgive me if I sound upset...I am. I have vowed to make my donations, not to one cancer, but to the American Cancer Society, to fight all cancers. I pray a cure is found soon.Thanks for this post...love you!Janet xox
To be honest, I didn't realize that there was over 100 different kinds of cancer. That scares the heck out of me!So I think the more we can do to educate people on them, encourage health check-ups and promote healthier lifestyles, the better.
I'll start off by saying no one in my family has died of or been diagnosed with breast cancer. However, my grandfather died of colon cancer and my grandmother of lung cancer. It is very true that breast cancer does feel like the most talked about. Tuesday I was listening to an interview with Susan G. Komen's sister, Nancy Brinker. She mentioned that for some reason it is very hard to get monetary donations for breast cancer research from "big money". She believes it is hard because breast cancer is seen as a "women's disease". Now, I'm not saying I agree or disagree with her, but I thought I would pass along the info I heard out of the mouth of the founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen for a cure foundation.Interesting topic ~ sure does get you thinking!!!
dieing of any cancer is rough. i have had three friends die of breast cancer and they were all younger than 40 when they died. my father/law died of lung cancer and i have a friend who at 35 had colon cancer and is cancer free today. another friend, ect. a friend of mine (a doctor) says what makes him mad is that he knows that all of the insurance companies are getting rich off of cancer and that he (being the dr) is being blamed for all the deaths. not sure if this is true....a little too political for me but just something to make you scratch your head and wonder?
I wrote a different perspective on breast cancer this week as well. We do, as a society, seem to get caught up in whatever is in our face at the moment. http://www.areyouthere-god.com/2010/10/a-month-full-of-pink/
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