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    From what i can see from the world around me, breast cancer seems to be the cancer of the day, therefore I always thought it was the most lethal but I have just done a week worth of work experience with the oncology(cancer) department, they all have said, breast cancer recovery rate is 80%, whereas prostate cancer, lung cancer, brain tumour and pancreatic cancer all have a much lower recovery rate down to the region of 30% to 40%(these are rough figures).

    So I thought is breast cancer really so popular just because everyone likes breasts or is it just that women loves to get together and campaign.
    I have heard that one of the reasons for breast cancer getting so much support is that there are survivors who can back the cause whereas other cancers they are all dead.

    I just wanted to get that off my chest so to speak.:yep:
    Anybody who have family died from breast cancer please don't throw stones at me............
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    If any type of cancer is eradicated, then hopefully these campaigners can turn their efforts to raising awareness of others.
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    (Original post by DR_X)
    From what i can see from the world around me, breast cancer seems to be the cancer of the day, therefore I always thought it was the most lethal but I have just done a week worth of work experience with the oncology(cancer) department, they all have said, breast cancer recovery rate is 80%, whereas prostate cancer, lung cancer, brain tumour and pancreatic cancer all have a much lower recovery rate down to the region of 30% to 40%(these are rough figures).

    So I thought is breast cancer really so popular just because everyone likes breasts or is it just that women loves to get together and campaign.
    I have heard that one of the reasons for breast cancer getting so much support is that there are survivors who can back the cause whereas other cancers they are all dead.

    I just wanted to get that off my chest so to speak.:yep:
    Anybody who have family died from breast cancer please don't throw stones at me............
    I know what you mean, yeah, breast cancer sucks but i think people forget that there are other cancers out there that are far more scary. i think the reason that there is so much support for breat cancer things is that almost everyone knows someone affected by it, whereas people dont know anyone with glioblastoma multiforme or rhabdomyosarcoma or something equally obscure.
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    I wish more people would post in this thread....
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    I think its so 'popular' to campaign about because its one of the most common forms of cancer (in women anyway) and also because something can be done about it. Like they campaign so women will check their breasts for lumps and then it can be diagnosed and hopefully cured whereas pancreatic cancer although very nasty and with low survivor rates often isn't diagnosed early because you can't 'check you pancreas for tumours' if you see what I mean?!
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    (Original post by chloe_abbey)
    I think its so 'popular' to campaign about because its one of the most common forms of cancer (in women anyway) and also because something can be done about it. Like they campaign so women will check their breasts for lumps and then it can be diagnosed and hopefully cured whereas pancreatic cancer although very nasty and with low survivor rates often isn't diagnosed early because you can't 'check you pancreas for tumours' if you see what I mean?!
    Surely that also means putting more money into pancreatic cancer to try to find some identifiable causes and early symptoms...
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    Breast Cancer is arguably over-publicised in contrast to other common cancers (bowel cancer is the biggest casualty of breast cancer publicity, yet due to the uck factor rarely discussed) however it is very common and very treatable if caught early, so publicity regarding breast lumps is well deserved, even if checking for bloody stools falls by the wayside.

    As for pancreatic cancer, it has a 5% 5-year survival rate (or something like that) and is almost invariably found in long-term heavy smokers. Patrick Swayze made some wonderful comment along the lines of "I love smoking but it's killed me, so I might as well cram in as many cigarettes as I can while I have the chance". It's not heavily publicised as there aren't any distinguishing early features and so it's so often very advanced (ie. causing diabetes) before its diagnosed hence the high death rate.
 
 
 
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