Am I being petty?

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Am I being petty?

by Katherine62 on Tue Feb 07, 2012 06:11 AM

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With all the hoopla in the news lately about Susan Komen and Planned Parenthood I can't but wanna shout

THERE ARE OTHER CANCERS TO FUND BESIDES BREAST CANCER!!!!

For every dollar donated to breast cancer research, people ought to donate an equal amount to other cancer research.  Everyone with cancer deserves a cure, support and encouragement.  I don't want to appear to be dismissing breast cancer support but it can often seem that all other cancers are not as worthy of curing.  I've actually been turned down for financial assistance because I had stomach cancer not breast cancer...if you lose your hair to chemo from a non-breast cancer, you don't get the wig/make-up etc assistance that you can get if your boobs are involved.  

All the emphasis on breast cancer and pink ribbons seems to overshadow the harsh realities: 

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008. The main types of cancer are:

  • lung (1.37 million deaths)
  • stomach (736 000 deaths)
  • liver (695 000 deaths)
  • colorectal (608 000 deaths)
  • breast (458 000 deaths)
  • cervical cancer (275 000 deaths) (3).

About 70% of all cancer deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue to rise to over 13.1 million in 2030.

Yeah, I am probably being petty but look around - there is one breast cancer discussion board and how many other cancer discussion boards????  Your mother, sister, aunt, daughter, etc. can get stomach/brain/lung/skin/etc cancer without being in any risk category...so can your father, brother, son and uncle.  

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by Aoife on Tue Feb 07, 2012 01:19 PM

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I find having October as breast cancer awareness month to be too extreme wheras most other cancer's only have a weekend.

I was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer over 5 years ago in October and could not get away from it - my husband was harassed in the street when he did not give money and the person collecting cried when he explained the reason but still wanted money!

We are shooting ourselves in the food by focusing on breast cancer.

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by thebyrdsfriend on Tue Feb 07, 2012 01:36 PM

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I am of the belief that the Susan G. Koman organization has gotten too big.  I don't know if she'd like the turns this charity has taken.  It was supposed to "bring awareness" to breast cancer, help women pay for mammograms, and help fund research.  So much money now goes to high dollar executives.   I'm also not too happy they are suing people for using "race for a cure".

I  am the face of lung cancer.  More people are affected by lung cancer every year than the top 4 cancers COMBINED.  We are also the least funded cancer for research.  I understand your feelings.   SBK does not help, like you said, with wigs, or make-up, for any other cancer.  Why won't they just share those perks with all types of cancer.  SBK is run by her sister, and she makes a HUGE salary, along with her son.  I just wonder if people think of how much of thier donations go towards these administration fees.

Seems like donating the the American Cancer Association, or directly to your type of cancer for research might just be a better idea.  I myself quit donating to SBK when they started suing people for using the phrase "race for a cure".  Too big bussiness now for my liking.  Am I being petty too?  I hope not, I've just decided to donate my time and money to lung cancer.  The funding is so needed there.

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by Roselvr on Fri Feb 10, 2012 02:57 PM

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ACS is just as bad as Komen from what I've seen.

I was joking with a friend last week; told her we need to make a new one that deals with head & neck / lung & also targets survivors because that's who really needs the help.

The only cancer charity I would donate to (& we have) is Stand Up 2 Cancer

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by nonnah on Fri Feb 10, 2012 03:09 PM

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I understand where you are coming from, I live in Georgie and have lymphoma.   I was eligible for the look good/feel better class with the make-up and wigs thru the ACS.   It doesn't seem like they would do that in one area and not another.  

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by lb-in-msp on Fri Feb 10, 2012 04:13 PM

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No, you are NOT being petty!  I've had both breast cancer and kidney cancer - and I feel the same way about breast cancer getting most of the attention and money!  At stores when they have a 'donation' box for BC or prostate cancer I say quite firmly - when I see one of those for kidney cancer or leukemia or ovarian cancer - then MAYBE I'll contribute!  Seems like the rest of the cancers are 'orphans' - not 'worthy' of any attention.  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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by jalind on Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:18 AM

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On Feb 10, 2012 2:57 PM Roselvr wrote:

ACS is just as bad as Komen from what I've seen.

I was joking with a friend last week; told her we need to make a new one that deals with head & neck / lung & also targets survivors because that's who really needs the help.

The only cancer charity I would donate to (& we have) is Stand Up 2 Cancer

If you're looking for other organizations aside from Komen or the American Cancer Society, here are five more (in addition to SU2C) that focus on cancer prevention and a range of resources for patients, survivors, and patient caregivers:

LiveSTRONG: Many folks think they exist to collect money to support cancer research. They don't. Their primary mission is inspiring and empowering cancer patients and survivors with assistance, information and practical tools. Their "guidebook" . . . a set of two very practical books for patients . . . is phenomenal, and it's basically free except for the shipping cost. They use UPS; having one shipped is about the same as USPS Priority Mail given their size and weight. Getting a box of 10 sets and spreading them around is comparatively cheap (about 3x the cost of shipping just one) which is what I did! They provide many other services, including counseling, and it can be requested on-line by anyone globally. Their on-line services assist with: Emotional Support, Diagnosis and Treatment Information, Alternative Treatment/Wellness Information, Cancer and Fertility Information, Financial/Insurance Assistance, Work Concerns, and Post Treatment.

Breakaway from Cancer: A collaboration between Amgen (a biotechnology and pharmaceutical company) and four major non-profit organizations: Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community (formerly the separate Wellness Community and Gilda's Club), the Patient Advocate Foundation, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. Even if you're turned off some by Amgen being a pharmaceutical, the four partners with Breakaway from Cancer are each worthy organizations for prevention, advocacy, patient assistance, and survivorship empowerment and resources.

John

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by never-too-late on Mon Feb 13, 2012 02:38 AM

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No you are not being petty or selfish....I agree...CANCER is cancer its a killing disease no matter what type and more research should be done regardless...my husband just died of a rare cancer Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lymph Nodes with an unkown primary...he was given the death sentence...

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by GoldDustWoman on Wed Feb 15, 2012 05:04 PM

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On Feb 10, 2012 2:57 PM Roselvr wrote:

ACS is just as bad as Komen from what I've seen.

I was joking with a friend last week; told her we need to make a new one that deals with head & neck / lung & also targets survivors because that's who really needs the help.

The only cancer charity I would donate to (& we have) is Stand Up 2 Cancer

I have long been frustrated with the attention given to breast cancer over others - long before cancer ever entered our lives.  For example, I subscribe to many "women's" magazines.  Every October the entire issue is devoted to breast cancer and all covered in pink.  I have never understood why this one cancer continues to get this kind of coverage.  I get where it started - with the inequity in research and resources spent on cancers unique to women - but it's time to move on. 

I think what Roselvr said above is no joke - we do need a new focus on head/neck/lung cancers.  The awareness of these cancers needs to be increased for sure. 

Just my two cents worth - thanks for starting this good discussion.

Much love ~ GDW

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by frankie51 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:19 AM

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No you are not, I think I know why breast cancer is so "in the news" it's because it's also afflicting many actresses ot theirs sisters, mothers etc... politicians wives, rich people, business woman...when they have any other cancer they just keep quiet about it....

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