Wertfrei Wednesday: Cancer Equality
As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and has succeeded at bringing attention to breast cancer. There have been many advancements towards studying, researching breast cancer. As well, there have been many articles written about the politics of breast cancer. National Breast Cancer fundraisers have raised Billions annually, through the various charities, however there have been questions raised about how much actually goes into the research versus the pockets of the Top Brass at these charities.
Also, there is quite a cult like culture within these charities. Many times I’ve asked how they broach the subject of men who get breast cancer. Ninety percent of the time the women become manic, hysterical and argumentative about the charities are women-only and that men have no place. Really? I didn’t realize cancer selectively chose women-only. Men, they said, had no place. I also didn’t realize that to be involved in these charity runs and other fundraisers, they participants had to pay fees to join. I thought these were free to the public?
One time I tried to state prostate and testicular cancers research needs as much marketing as breast cancer receives. I not only was the recipient of hysterical anger, but also was told by the breast cancer prothylizers that prostate and testicular cancers didn’t kill nearly as many men as breast cancer killed women. Furthermore, men got enough treatment in the United States, that it was a man’s world and women had to fight for everything, clawing tooth and nail. It was then I realized such women wouldn’t feel equal to men until they got prostate cancer.
What has happened to welcoming anyone who had cancer, of any sort, to these charities? Wasn’t the purpose to raise awareness to all cancers? Don’t we want the causes of all cancers found? Surely that is a common goal?