According to the Centers for Disease Control, prostate cancer incidence rates and death rates are higher than breast cancer. Prostate cancer has the highest incidence rate of all cancers. Moreover, only lung cancer has a higher death rate than prostate cancer.
So why all the hoopla over breast cancer?
It is more than just hoopla. It is serious federal tax money. Federal breast cancer spending is higher than that of any cancer but lung cancer, by a wide margin. According to the NIH, breast cancer funding for 2010 was $833 million, including $111 million of stimulus funding. Here are the numbers for the top four cancers:
Federal breast cancer funding is more than double that of prostate cancer, and it has been for a while. Despite all the cancer funding, incidence rates for all kinds of cancers change by about 2% per year. Massive spending has failed to do much but stimulate researchers pockets.
Don't get me wrong, I love boobs! I hate cancer, and well I love my prostate. It just seems to me the grand standing for breast cancer is all out of proportion with the problem as compared to other cancers, including male-specific prostate cancer. It's just a bandwagon.
Here is a test: what color is the prostate cancer awareness ribbon? Since prostate cancer is a bigger killer, shouldn't our response, and the use of our precious tax dollars, be more in proportion?
Remember to drop a dime for prostate cancer next September, and spread the word...