St Augustine New Orleans Saints Fan The Pauper of the Surf Member since Mar 2006 43072 posts
re: Why does breast cancer get more attention than other cancers?(Posted by St Augustine on 10/7/12 at 3:52 pm to Cosmo)
got yelled at by inlaws yesterday for saying there is absolutely no need for breast cancer awareness at this time but its simply a money grab by football to find a cause sympathetic with women. In reality there are many other forms of cancer that require more awareness at this time.
LSUTigerDoc LSU Fan Baton Rouge Member since Oct 2008 392 posts
re: Why does breast cancer get more attention than other cancers?(Posted by LSUTigerDoc on 10/7/12 at 4:25 pm to Cosmo)
The reason is two-fold:
1. Behind non-melanoma skin cancers (squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas, both of which rarely metastasize), breast cancer is the MOST common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women (2nd behind lung cancer).
2. Unlike lung cancer, major treatment advances in breast cancer have increased the number of long term survivors of the disease. In cancers such as lung, the new case number per year roughly matches the number of patients who die of the disease each year. Therefore, there's not a huge survivor pool, unfortunately.