Thursday, October 23, 2008

Biggest mortality threats to women ignored

As a cancer survivor so far, I appreciate grassroots community efforts to raise money for research. And the money raised for breast cancer awareness this month is impressive.

But other, more lethal forms of cancer are being overlooked when it comes to needed research. And there are not many survivors to help raise funds because people don't usually live after contracting, for example, lung cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is another killer. So is my leukemia. But these forms of this malady just can't draw the attention that follows breast cancer efforts. And that's a shame that costs more lives than breast cancer.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, but you wouldn't know it from money being raised by various causes. My wife had a heart attack 15 years ago. And she suffered a heart attack because awareness had not been raised that women can die of such swift siezures of this vital organ.

Doctors discriminate, believing men are the only ones at risk. Long-term studies also concentrate more on men than women.

To read more about the imbalance in cancer research and funding, besides the critical need for new awareness, go to:

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