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  •  I think there's been more research (7+ / 0-)

    into lung cancer because of the fact that it affects men as well as women -- for many years women's health was ignored, women being told "it's all in your head" or blaming hormones when they'd complain about not feeling right. That's why I think breast cancer gets more press; it's been around for a long time but was just never paid attention to until some women started screaming about it.

    One cancer that doesn't seem to get much airplay except when someone famous gets hit with it is testicular cancer -- and that hit home when my spouse got diagnosed back in 2008. Fortunately, his was a non-aggressive type and didn't spread beyond the affected area (he had his right nut removed and still has more balls than John Boehner) so no radiation or chemo required. But I was very pleased when Lance Armstrong Livestrong foundation chipped in $100K on top of Bloomberg's $250K matching donation to PP.

    Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes (modified)

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 09:49:49 AM PST

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    •  And the fact that lung cancer is #1 in deaths due (0+ / 0-)

      to any type of cancer.  

      •  That's the very common misperception (4+ / 0-)

        Here's a quick link to a short article:  http://www.chestnet.org/...

        The data are from 2010, but only $1,200.00 is spent for each death from lung cancer in the U.S.

        $27,000.00 is spent for each breast cancer death.  $14,000.00 for each prostate cancer death.

        Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in part because it really has been drastically underfunded for many years now.  People survive breast cancer.  People with lung cancer usually die.  

        $1,200.00 vs. $27,000.00.  That's a big difference.

        Again...All.  Cancers.  Suck.  

        Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. MLK Jr.

        by koosah on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 10:12:00 AM PST

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    •  Lance Armstrong went up (3+ / 0-)

      several notches in my book with that act.  Like I told my husband when he wondered why a testicular cancer survivor was getting in the middle of this, Komen's political BS sickens all of us who've been affected by cancer, no matter what type.

      Hope your spouse is doing OK.  That's a really scary kind of cancer.  (My dog is neutered and has more balls than Boehner, BTW!)

      Please see the link below about the relative amounts of cancer funding.  Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer, but for years now it has been de-funded while "better" cancers get all the $$.    

      Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. MLK Jr.

      by koosah on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 10:20:50 AM PST

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      •  Hah! (1+ / 0-)
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        My dog is neutered and has more balls than Boehner, BTW!

        I don't have a dog, but I'm still going to steal that line!

        "Turn off the AM Radio and get invited to your own life." - Jimmy Dore

        by stunvegas on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 11:04:11 AM PST

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        •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

          My dog will bravely defend our yard from all squirrels and then compassionately cuddle next to us on the couch.  So much better than Boehner.  But that's a whole nuther topic!! ;^D

          Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. MLK Jr.

          by koosah on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 11:11:33 AM PST

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