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continuing the pink theme.
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8 Oct 2010, 21:47
American
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‎232, 090 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. That's 1 in 6 men.

http://www.prostateseedinstitute.com/facts.aspx

The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is a little less 1 in 8, or 207, 090.
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http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/OverviewGuide/breast-cancer-overview-key-statistics

That's a full 25, 000 LESS than men who get prostate cancer. And September was, apparently, prostate awareness month. but nooooobody heard about that. Did you? I sure didn't. So why the focus on breast cancer (like WHY IS THE NFL wearing PINK?! Keep that girly color out of my football stadium! hah!) and virtually none on prostate? *gasp* haha who knows.
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9 Oct 2010, 01:06
& skull.
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i thought november was men's health month? for the past few years now november has been "movember" where blokes grow a mustache to raise awareness and funds for men's cancer and depression.

i think the problem is that men talk down or ignore health issues and women don't. there's been a huge cultural thing of men just refusing to get treatment for anything because it's seen a"weak".
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9 Oct 2010, 11:00
Chris
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@iWRITE: In general, men don't tell people have any health problems, and the awareness really isn't an issue. Now, check out the actual death rates and post those. Those'll be interesting.
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9 Oct 2010, 22:03
KerriBlue
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Someone sent me a message about the breast cancer "I like it" fad and then 10 minutes later someone sent me a group invite regarding the exact same thing. I deleted both. I didn't see the point. I have like 100 friends on facebook who appear to "like it on the kitchen table" and to me, that doesn't scream breast cancer awareness, I don't know..when I read that I think "People don't need to know where you like it" i mean yes, I know its about a handbag, but lets face it...it gets attention for a different reason.

I'm almost certain that the 100 odd friends who are currently taking part in this fad haven't actually done anything in regard to donating money or helping out in any constructive way. Just so we all know - updating your status isn't going to cure cancer.

I just had an idea for a status as I said that.

Oh and there was some message about mens health. September was Blue September month it was a campaign about Men facing up to Cancer. I know a few shops supported it and people dressed up for it.

http://www.blueseptember.org/

And see - Bloop was already in the spirit of things! Bloop is always supporting Blue September because it's always blue :D
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9 Oct 2010, 22:56
Fiat
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THANK YOU!! I too think this is so stupid. I got a chain email about this stupid fad and asked the sender why this was helping breast cancer awareness. She said "I dunno!" *facepalm* Sounds to me like someone just wanted to start a fad.
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10 Oct 2010, 02:21
.Blue Bella.
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I haven't had ANYONE give me a decent answer to how it helps raise awareness for breast cancer! I am sure there are far more suitable ways to bring awareness, rather than this which is really just to get the attention of men if you ask me!
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11 Oct 2010, 01:53
love♥nik
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See last year it was the bra thing, which makes sense to me. Bras = boobies. Purses... eh. I don't really mind seeing it... I just don't want another damn message about it. Although 1 of my friends has taken to writing random messages about it... and said friend is a man. XD His are funny. XD
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12 Oct 2010, 14:01
& skull.
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failbook tells me i'm not alone.
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12 Oct 2010, 15:33
Leona Wren
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Oh and I agree with whoever wrote about why Breast Cancer is so widely spread about! April is sexual abuse/rape awareness month. Do I hear ANYONE ever talk about it? No.

People pick and choose what they want to support and raise awareness on. Typically on what has happened in their life, and how it affects them. It irritates me that some of the BIGGEST things to raise awareness on (IE: Sexual abuse and rape) are often times forgotten about...
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12 Oct 2010, 21:01
Meghans Follie
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You dont live near a military town do you? Teal-ish & purple colored ribbons pop up EVERYWHERE, along with billboards and tv/radio ad's. Though I am glad that they started last april sending info home with the Jr Hg kids, since sadly the abuse can start at that age
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12 Oct 2010, 21:25
Leona Wren
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Abuse starts much younger than that! It's important for parents/families to be open about sexuality, purity and inappropriate touching. I have two brothers in prison, and you should hear the stories from other prisoners about how they have molested raped children under the age of 5!

I am near a military town and I don't see any of that type of stuff. I don't see hardly anything about sexual abuse awareness...maybe it's just you're town?
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12 Oct 2010, 22:21
Jessica [Private]
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I see them all over the place here in Milwaukee, as well as ribbons/colors for other months. The malls are pretty big about the awareness ribbons :)
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14 Oct 2010, 17:15
Estella
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April is also autism awareness month - I've not seen any suggestions to turn Bloop into a multicoloured jigsaw for April!

I think breast cancer gets a bit romanticised. You don't see pretty ribbons for anal cancer, bowel cancer or bile duct cancer - but people still die of those too. But because of lack of publicity, less funding and research goes into the those cancers.
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14 Oct 2010, 17:17
Leona Wren
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Wow! See, I didn't even know that! It dumbfounds me that one cancer is more important than another. I mean, we should start having our sports team wear all different types of colors all year! SERIOUSLY!
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14 Oct 2010, 17:31
Estella
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I think fighting breast cancer has become a woman solidarity thing (even though actually men can get it too). It's become a bit political. And often women's mothers die of breast cancer, so raising awareness/money for research becomes a way of dealing with grief, honouring memories, and making people feel they are doing their bit to protect mothers/women everywhere. Breast cancer gets seen as the enemy of women and mothers and all that sort of thing.

I guess it's inevitable that public attitude dictates what gets the most publicity and funding. And talking of abuse, it's talked about a lot more than it used to be, say thirty years ago - a lot more abused people are speaking out against abuse, and so there is a lot more support and protection now for people who are abused, and teachers are trained to look for signs of abuse, etc.
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14 Oct 2010, 17:37
Leona Wren
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I think because of my experience with the legal system in NC I don't trust the law. Being a rape victim and seeing the two men that gang raped me go free; I no longer will trust what this system "offers as protection." They had proof of a date rape drug, two failed polygraphy tests, and an extensive rape kit that proved I had assualted, and still the men went free.

Than to make matters worse one of the men raped an 8-year-old girl. That is the only thing that got the main one of the street.

I think support has improved, but I think over all we could be doing MUCH MORE for abused and sexually assualted victims than we are doing.
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14 Oct 2010, 18:02
Estella
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The law is certainly not foolproof, and I wouldn't advocate trusting it. I was on the jury for a rape case, and to me it seemed obvious the guy was guilty, but the rest of the jury didn't see this at first - they judged the case by the fact that the girl looked 'rough' and the guy was short and acted all teary-eyed in court, and they said many derogatory things against the girl. We did eventually find the guy guilty, although several of the jury had reservations about this decision - and then when the judge read out his previous convictions, they were all shocked to hear that he'd been convicted before of various similar offences.

So yes, while things are much much better than they used to be, with regard to support for and protection against abuse, of course they still need to be improved. Same with lots of things, unfortunately. And nothing will ever be perfect, because humans are imperfect/judgemental/corrupt/etc. No matter how much things improve, the law will never be foolproof, and guilty people will go free, and innocent people will be convicted.
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