I used to enjoy October. My birthday. Fall. Crisp air. Apple cider. Bonfires. Halloween and trick-or-treating.
Now that I’m a metastatic breast cancer patient (and will be until I die from it), I dread October. It’s now the anniversary of my diagnosis of metastasis. With a three year life expectancy after diagnosis.
And here we go again. The month of the pink. Pinktober. Awareness. Early diagnosis = cure. Mammograms prevent disease. Breast cancer is the good cancer because it’s so curable. And many, many other lies or distortions or partial truths. Hearing that minimal funding goes to researching the disease I currently have just slays me. Am I no longer important now that breast cancer has returned and spread to other body systems? WHY is this not important enough to study? Consider the following
“Since 2003, 650 human infections with highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by 15 countries. About 60% of these people died from their illness.
In 2011, 62 human H5N1 cases and 34 deaths were reported from five countries—Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, and Indonesia. Six countries— Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam—have widespread and ongoing infections in their poultry. Poultry outbreaks have occurred in other countries recently as well.” http://www.flu.gov/about_the_flu/h5n1/
“In the United States, about 13,712 people diagnosed with AIDS died in 2012.” http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics.html
Both of these caused considerable panic within the general public. Now read on:
“In 2012 (the most recent year numbers are available)—
224,147 women and 2,125 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer.*†
41,150 women and 405 men in the United States died from breast cancer.*†
*Incidence counts cover about 99% of the U.S. population; death counts cover about 100% of the U.S. population. Use caution when comparing incidence and death counts.
†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2012 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2015.” http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/index.htm
“The American Cancer Society (ACS) states that the five-year survival rate after diagnosis for stage 4 breast cancer patients is 22 percent.”
Sure, I lived 5 years after my initial treatment ended in 2008. However, being diagnosed metastatic in 2011, I only have a 22% chance of living one more year. WOW that’s an eye-opener!
Some people will say I’m being negative. I believe I have to SCREAM for people to listen!!!! STUDY ME! LEARN HOW CANCER MUTATES! DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS DISEASE THAT KILLS 41,555 (YES FORTY THOUSAND PLUS) PEOPLE A YEAR. MAKE THIS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS!