Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I Don't Mean to be Insensitive ...

Over the years I've seen an increasing amount of attention being paid to cancer, cancer causes, and cancer charities. Of these, it's impossible not to notice the often singular focus on one particular cause: breast cancer. Perhaps I'm not the right person to point this out, as men have a much smaller likelihood of contracting the disease, but many of the people I care most about are women. It's not that I'm not supportive of those with the disease, those who have to constantly worry about contracting it, and those who have lost loved ones to it--far from it. It's just odd that with so many forms of cancer, many others that strongly impact women (and men), it seems odd to only draw attention to one.

October is breast cancer awareness month. I see many companies supporting the cause with pink merchandise, charitable donations, and other means of support. What about ovarian cancer? What about prostate cancer (what color is that ribbon)? What about the dudes who have breast cancer--do they like being associated with a pink ribbon? Why do we ask consumers/donors/supporters to choose between different forms of cancer? Lance Armstrong (a dude that I don't have a whole lot of respect for, but follow along with me) didn't just support those with nut cancer. Anyway, I just think it's ridiculous that it has gotten this far. I love my mom, my girlfriend, and I generally like breasts. I just don't breasts are more important than ovaries, skin, pancreases, lungs, brains, etc ...

Can someone explain this to me? Am I an ass?

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