quote: 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.
doc, while I do completely agree that everything you say here is accurate, it seems to be carefully worded to provide comparisons that prove the point...I get the feeling I am reading political rhetoric for breast cancer... why not include men (and prostate cancer) in the comparison, as that would seem a lot more reasonable comparison...
Spank. There is nothing "political" about my comment. IMHO, it's factual. I was simply answering the question of why I believe there is a disproportional amount of attention to breast cancer. As an oncologist, I wish that every cancer had an equal amount of attention (and funding, and research...).
As to prostate cancer, you are correct. It's the most common cancer in men (behind non-melanoma skin cancer) and the second largest cause of cancer related deaths among men behind lung cancer. IMO, the reason for this is the flawed view of society that men "die WITH prostate cancer, not OF prostate cancer." This is completely erroneous. Another reason for a lack of recognition of the severity of the disease is that prostate cancer patients are, on average, decades older than breast cancer patients.