Thursday, October 3, 2013

Awareness...

Ok, let me start out by saying that I fully support breast cancer research and awareness, and I have had friends and family pass away from this, and other, cancers.

BUT

Where are the campaigns for the OTHER diseases, cancers, etc... that affect women!? I bet you if you went out on the streets and asked the average woman passing by, what they THINK is the #1 killer among women, they will say breast cancer! Why?! Because that is all that is EVER on TV, on the shelves, in the mailbox, and wherever else they can advertise. I am glad there is awareness, but when does it get redundant?

I looked for products for breast cancer awareness, and got a TON of websites, like THIS one. Then I looked up the REAL #1 killer of women in the US...heart disease. It took me a LONG time to find SOMETHING online. All I did find id something for congenital heart defects, which, really, is not the same! (My daughter has a CHD, and my mom died from heart disease/heart attack).

The month of September is National Ovarian Cancer Month...so where are all the water bottles, TV commercials, magnets, pens, stickers, etc... promoting that?! How about cervical cancer, which is becoming even more common then breast cancer!

Can you name the top 10 killers of women in the US?! Most people probably can not. I knew #'s 1-2, but even I had to look up the rest! (And FYI breast cancer is SECOND to colorectal cancer)

Here they are:


No. 1 — Heart disease

No. 2 — Cancer (NOT just breast cancer)

No. 3 — Stroke

No. 4 — COPD

No. 5 — Alzheimer's disease

No. 6 — Injuries

No. 7 — Type 2 diabetes

No. 8 — Flu

No. 9 — Kidney disease

No. 10 — Blood poisoning (septicemia or sepsis)



That is a scary list! And the sad part is, many women who complain about anything above are usually turned away and told it is nothing! (Yet if it was a man, they would be tested for everything).

Again, I have nothing against the research and funding going into breast cancer, but why can't we even the playing field, and educate people about the OTHER health risks! They tell you to get your yearly mammogram, but how about your yearly pap smear, or a yearly echo-cardiogram, etc... to make sure you are head to toe healthy!?

Oh and if you want to support a breast cancer research company, you should do your homework! Did you know that the Komen Foundation funds Planned Parentood and is pro abortion? They funded them about $3-4 million between 2003 and 2008!! If you are going to put your money into something worth while for breast cancer, you can at least give your money to something more worthy, like the Carol Baldwin Foundation.

And, just in case you want to give some money for other areas lacking research and awareness, you can check these out too!


American Heart Association
American Lung Association
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
Ovarian Cancer Awareness


If you have more, feel free to post them in a comment, and I will put them in the post! 

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