November is prostate cancer here. No joke.
The nerve is called the "nerve of awareness". You cant dissect it. Its a current that runs up the center of your spine. I dont know if any of you have sat down, crossed your legs, smoked DMT, and watch what happens... but what happens to me is this big thing goes RRRRRRRRRAAAAAWWW! up my spine and flashes in my brain... well apparently thats whats going to happen if I do this stuff...
We can remove the prostate and continue to live...and it will "cure" the cancer just as likely as removing the breasts so I have no idea where that dumb comparison came in. Oh, you can remove it so the cancer isn't as bad...op is so silly.
How about the OP go start promoting prostate cancer month instead of bad mouthing the whole pink breast cancer stuff, really what a baby, that's exactly what they originally did with breast cancer.
I like how people blah blah about how this is discrimination against men, how in the world is it, can someone please tell me how it's discrimination? Men need to stop complaining and go promote prostate cancer month and stop blaming women and feminism, etc...please how is anyone stopping you?..."Why does the NFL wear pink for breast cancer and do nothing for prostate cancer...wah feminism!" How about because it's popular...duh.
"Hey instead of going out and raising more awareness of prostate cancer, lets get angry there is breast cancer month and it just happens to be more popular, because it was the first big cancer awareness thing!" Really prostate cancer probably wouldn't get a month at all if it wasn't for Breast cancer awareness getting super big.
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People just can't help but get offended about something these days. Who the fuck says, "fuck breast cancer charities!!!"? Apparently some guy on the MMO-Champion forums.
Having had an aunt who recently had a Mastectomy I can tell you how wrong you are about how removing a breast can get rid of the problem. It's actually rarer for it to work than not to.
I think breast cancer awareness groups have done a great job. It's hard to push for funding for all types of cancer because research likely won't produce a cure for all types of cancer. The separate groups are on their own to promote their causes and get funding for screenings, research, treatments for a specific type of cancer.
As a side note my personal opinion on why breast cancer is most funded (if it is?) is because everybody knows what a breast is. Prostates are less visible. Many people don't know what a pancreas is and wouldn't know what symptoms a person with pancreatic cancer would have. It can be apparent when a woman has had a mastectomy, but not so apparent when a man has had some of his prostate removed.
in New Zealand we have 1 week for breast cancer and a week for prostate cancer (some sort of blue ribbon week) and the whole Movember thing as well. If anything prostate cancer gets more attention here than breast cancer. My 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer 2.5 years ago now, you start to notice and contribute when things are close to home. Personally I would like to see more attention given to all forms of cancer and child disabilities.
I worked in a mammography clinic for a few years and part of the reason it gets pushed so much (at least from a health industry standpoint) is that its insanely profitable compared to other types of detection for other types of cancer. We had eight machines and could push through 200 women (and a few men, of course) in a single day...six days a week.
The 'awareness' aspects of it are a little LOL if you ask me. Its pretty much PR bullshit.
Women get hounded by their PCP about getting it done are already aware. I've never had a woman who was getting her first mammogram (because of age or family history) not already know plenty about what's involved or why. Some of the women at the highest risk usually get the least amount of exposure about it (i.e. uninsured illegal immigrants, etc).
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Your comment reeks of bias, and I'm responding to your comment harshly because you responded to the OP harshly.
I fully agree with the OP, these other cancers are obviously (and factually) more severe than breast cancer, yet go mostly uncared about.
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Same answer as 95% of "I'm offended" problems: Get over it. Breast cancer awareness is better than no cancer awareness and no one is forcing you to participate or be educated. If you want there to be more awareness about other types of cancer, get off your ass and make it happen.
Not to say that breast cancer doesn't have decent survival rates too (88%, stage dependent), but trying to pitch these two forms of cancer against each other like that is just dumb. Again, if you honestly think there needs to be more awareness about prostrate cancer (kind of silly really, considering it is already being detected extremely early almost all the time), then go campaign for that. Whining about breast cancer awareness doesn't help anyone.
Eh? As long as it stops people dying from breast cancer, then who cares?
A bright, instantly recognisable colour as part of a 'get your attention to a major issue' campaign, why should it offend you?
The colour yellow for some other cancer wristbands offends me because I associate it with custard?
Apart from other cancers, breast cancer is one of THE most survivable if you CATCH IT EARLY. The others pretty much either rely on dumb luck being detected while taking tests for something else or waiting for symptoms to develop. This is why there is a campaign, to stop the thousands of women and men dying from it every year when it could have been prevented.
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"When you do things right, people won't be sure you have done anything at all."
I can't even fathom the value of arguing about which form of cancer is worst.
Not that I think there's anything wrong my logic of pointing out the actual fact that prostrate cancer is one of the least serious kind of cancer you can possibly get. A point you seem to want to ignore, in order to faciliate your aforementioned retardedly pointless comparison.
but since you wish to be so blind, here is my own personal experience and story about someone who had breast cancer.
My 41 year old mother was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her breast when I just hit 20, at the time they classed it as easy to remove, it had some lymph nodes but a single operation they claimed would remove the tumor and she would not need chemo therapy.
The operation went well, they removed the tumor and sent it for testing, telling my mum they were sure it was removed. a few months down the track, mum began to sleep more and more during the day, at first we thought it was heat, but to be sure she went to the doctor, to only be told tests came back that the breast cancer had recurred to her liver and after tests was confirmed a double positive. If you are not aware, common cancers are a negative and positive, meaning that chemo therapy can be used with some success. Her's was a new strand that came from her breast, they were not sure if chemo would even work.
So she went on both chemo and radio therapy to remove the cancer which was now not only in the remaining breast tissue left behind from the previous op, but now running rampant in her liver. She went froma lovely happy lady, to a bed ridden sick frail person in 2 months, she lost her hair (the most embarrassing and traumatic thing for her, she cried daily) and when we went back one day to see progress, we were hit with the news that the chemotherapy has actually bolstered the cancer, her liver was so riddled with the cancer it was not operable or salvageable, the cancer now moving to her bones, she was now a guinea pig as the doctors tried a cocktail of medicines to try and find anything that the cancer may react to.
She tried her best to keep strong, but after we were told she had 2 months to live, her spirit near died, she had a son who was only 6 she wanted to see graduate, she had me and my sister to live her life for, and she was given a deadline of her death. I have no idea how it must have felt to be told you may die any second now. She woke up trying to make the best of each day, not knowing if tomorrow would come. I regret not spending enough time with her in this period, I too suffered from this event, and tried to act as if it was all a lie, I should have given her more support when she needed it. Too late now..
Either way, she passed away in 2005, she managed to live 4 months longer than expected. She will never get to see my brother graduate, or see any of us grow older, she will never get to have as much fun as she wanted. All because of breast cancer.
Breast cancer isn't merely fixable by removing the breast, hundred and thousands of women and men get it daily, and not all survive, the mortaliity rate is so high breast cancer takes up to 22% of cancers diagnosed per year.
This was a very emotional post to write.. Before my mum had cancer, I thought the same way, thought it was easily cureable, remove the cancer, yeah mum will be fine, its a minor illness.. Now, after witnessing my mum going through it, and losing her I realise it is much more serious than "just" an easy to remove tumor.
Last edited by Khaidu; 2012-10-05 at 04:01 AM.