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Hi Rosa,

Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

I wasn't actually referring to the degree to which individuals are aware of every type of disease or suffering that can afflict humans. I was instead lamenting the lack of media attention to and research funding for a cancer that has a far higher mortality rate and a far poorer diagnosis rate than breast cancer. I have also lamented (in my blogs) the lack of attention to the likes of childhood cancer, the leading cause of death by disease among American children, and which gets a pittance of attention or funding compared to breast cancer.

And I assure you, this is not a case of my cancer is more important than your's or his or her's. I do come from 3 generations of breast cancer survivors and I am a BRCA2 carrier. Despite that, everytime a celebrity propels a cancer into the limelight, I tend to reflect on the power of the media to determine society's priorities.

Thanks for reading!

October 12, 2011 - 10:21am


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