Hopefully, I can make this short. Too much on the mind this morning.
Cancer. The ugliest word in my vocabulary at this point in time.
I hate looking on the caller id and seeing Cancer Center. Ugh. The only people who call us on our land line (yes, we still have one), besides my mom or father-in-law. Most other calls are unknown solicitors.
I have a bunch of statistics about lung cancer, but I have previously covered all of them. Did you know that, worldwide, there are more deaths each year from lung cancer—than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined?
What makes me extremely sad?
Where are all the shaved heads in support of lung cancer patients? The patients with the most complex form of cancer because there are no flashy 3-day walks, no huge displays of solidarity, the patients who hide in shame because “we must have deserved cancer, because we smoked”.
Guess what? The numbers of non-smokers being diagnosed with lung cancer are on the rise, while the numbers of smokers being diagnosed are on the decline. Probably because more people are understanding the dangers of that rotten habit. Most of us have seen the horrid commercials.
There are other causes of lung cancer.
How much money is funneled to research for the PREVENTION of breast cancer instead of treatments? How about coming up with a more reliable detection machine instead of the antiquated squish and smash torture device?
Are you aware of the amount of money a 3-day walker has to raise just to participate?
When was the last time you saw a countrywide, or worldwide lung cancer event for awareness, or a cure, for lung cancer? The Great American Smoke-Out? Nope, just an encouragement for smokers to give up the habit. Anybody? There are a few events, but how many businesses, major groups, or celebrities sport the color for lung cancer awareness?
Do you know what month lung cancer awareness is?
I’ll bet you know the month for breast cancer awareness, because the world goes crazy for pink.
Some of you may know this from my previous posts—do you even know the color for lung cancer awareness?
And that makes me sad.