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352 comments

OMG Ponies!!! (5, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269609)

Imagine a month filled with pink fluffy ponies. Bring it on.
 

Re:OMG Ponies!!! (3, Informative)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269733)

Oh god, the nightmares had almost stopped.

Unfortunately beyond the jokes, breast cancer is bad.
Noone is immune, it knows no boundaries, rich and poor, famous or not it could hit.

I saw this checkoutmybreasts [checkoutmybreasts.com] site recently which apart from featuring nice graphics was very informative.
(As most of us are blokes it won't affect us directly, but spare a thought for your partners and get them to check)

Re:OMG Ponies!!! (3, Funny)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269793)

spare a thought for your partners and get them to check

Here's a better idea: check them yourselves.

Re:OMG Ponies!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269803)

I saw this checkoutmybreasts site recently which apart from featuring nice graphics was very informative.

Where do I sign up? I'm already checking out their breasts, I might as well test them for cancer also.

Re:OMG Ponies!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269811)

That site should be done for false advertising. I can just imagine some teen kids typing it into their address bar with glee. But then again, on a more serious note, how do you expect this issue to ever gain traction when showing Janet Jackson's breast on TV led to a collective national heart attack?

Re:OMG Ponies!!! (5, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269867)

what about checkoutmyvagina.com? STDs, cervical cancer, etc are just as bad as breast cancer.

Re:OMG Ponies!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269903)

Leave it to the 90% male Slashdot audience to laugh at something like breast cancer.

Re:OMG Ponies!!! (4, Insightful)

nacturation (646836) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269979)

Leave it to the 90% male Slashdot audience to laugh at something like breast cancer.

And when there's a story about prostate cancer, this same 90% male audience will be joking around about that too. Get over yourself.
 

Happy Birthday 4chan!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16270001)

LOL JEWS DID BREAST CANCER

Please try to keep posts on topic. Try to reply to other people's comments instead of starting new threads. Read other people's messages before posting your own to avoid simply duplicating what has already been said. Use a clear subject that describes what your message is about. Offtopic, Inflammatory, Inappropriate, Illegal, or Offensive comments might be moderated.(You can read everything, even moderated posts, by adjusting your threshold on the User Preferences Page)

LOL JEWS DID BREAST CANCER

Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269615)

So I guess Slashdot was just ahead of the curve back in April?

Finally (3, Funny)

IPFreely (47576) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269621)

A good reason to revert to OMG Ponies!

Re:Finally (1)

bitt3n (941736) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270013)

hm.. cancer or more 'OMG ponies'. now there's a conundrum.

Hmm. (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269629)

I redid mine last month ... but went with Brown. Oops. Who could've expected that pink would make a comeback? Ah well. Maybe I could put a ribbon-image on it instead ...

Re:Hmm. (1)

PygmySurfer (442860) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269643)

Brown to go with your brand new Zune?

Re:Hmm. (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269671)

Now why in the blue blazes would I buy one of those?

No, brown to go with the general colour-tone of the west coast pacific sunset I used as the header image.

Re:Hmm. (5, Funny)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269761)

I redid mine last month ... but went with Brown.
Last month was colon cancer awareness month? How did I miss that?

Re:Hmm. (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269799)

No joke, my stepdad died of colorectal cancer in '98 :(

But, as stated above, that wasn't the reason for the website colour :)

PONIES (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269631)

OMG PONIES!!!!!!1

Strangely unfamous cancer (5, Insightful)

Henry V .009 (518000) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269633)

What color do I make my website for prostate cancer?

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (1)

chris_eineke (634570) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269699)

Violet.

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (1, Funny)

dema (103780) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269707)

What team is playing the Raiders right now?

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269717)

Rumsfeld.

Do-goodism is universally noble. Don't mock it, no matter how ineffectual or counter-productive it really is....

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269743)

Prostate cancer's color is blue.

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269769)

I always make that point too. Prostate cancer is as prevalent in males as breast cancer is in females, and kills about the same number of people too.
But for some reason there isn't the same concern for it.

What is really disappointing is that some women criticise men for not caring about breast cancer, but seem completely unconcerned themselves about one of the most common cancers for men.

As with most things gender-related, it shouldn't be a case of competition, but it is for the simple fact that there is an overwhelming lack of effort out there on the part of men's health issues.

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (2, Insightful)

lakeland (218447) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269995)

Prostate cancer has a much higher tendency to affect older people than brest cancer. When you're old, people expect you to get sick... People don't like the idea of previously healthy 40 year olds suddenly getting mortally ill and prostate is less of a problem in this age bracket than brest cancer.

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16270039)

but it is for the simple fact that there is an overwhelming lack of effort out there on the part of men's health issues.

I strongly agree that breast cancer receives far more attention then prostate cancer. However, in most cases the bias is the opposite. There are numerous health issues where men receive most of the attention.

For example, heart disease and lung cancer are overwhelmingly associated with men, although they are just as likely to kill women. Heart disease it is the number one killer of woman, although women are less likely to receive proper treatment of a heart attack, and 75% of heart disease research patients are men. See http://www.womenheart.org/information/women_and_he art_disease_fact_sheet.asp [womenheart.org]

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (5, Insightful)

t-twisted (937590) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270053)

I have mod points but I can't let this pass:

The only reason breast cancer awareness is so high is because women, WOMEN, organized themselves and brought both the public and government's attention to it. This was more a grass-roots effort that became a force to be reckoned with than a "oh, never mind the men, we women are more important!" action. Breast cancer was thought to be treatable and curable through early detection and women set out to prove it through these campaigns, rather than continue the barbaric treatment of lopping off their breasts and blasting them with chemotherapy to treat any and all signs of cancer.

Yes, prostate cancer is high among men, it's the second leading cancer for men. For every 3 men who die of prostate cancer, 4 women die of breast cancer, so it's almost, but not quite, equal. What makes it more unequal is 70% of all prostate cancer cases occur in men 65 years or older in age. Compare that to 50% of all cases of breast cancer cases occur in women 61 years or older in age. In addition, prostate cancer can be so slow-growing as to be a non-issue in men - they frequently die of causes OTHER than prostate cancer due to age.

I think it's misguided to be "bitter" that one group garners more attention than the other, when one group isn't doing as much as the other to bring attention, publicity and resources to their cause. You're right, this isn't about a competition, this about who is doing what for their "own". And don't think men do not benefit from the publicity and research generated from these campaigns, as men can get breast cancer, too.

However, I can't even believe you went there with your "overwhelming lack of effort out there on the part of men's health". Please. Do you know how differently signs of a heart attack present themselves in women than men? Yet the rhetoric (tingling in left arm, shortness of breath, etc) is always about signs of impending heart problem in a man, not a woman, yet heart disease is the #1 killer of women, too.

Don't be upset because a group of people got organized. Organize yourself and get out there.

T.

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (4, Insightful)

mordors9 (665662) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270189)

You are certainly correct about women organizing and making breast cancer more of a cause celebre than prostate cancer or for that matter lung cancer or heart disease. And I agree it shouldn't be an us against them situation. Unfortunately the competition for research dollars does seem to be a zero sum game. It also reminds me of the outrage that arose a few decades ago when women's groups raised the awareness of the American public that little girl's weren't being treated fairly in the schools. Now girls are graduating high school and going to college at a much higher rate than boys. There seems to be very little concern about that either.

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (-1, Flamebait)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270217)

"Don't be upset because a group of people got organized. Organize yourself and get out there."

"I think it's misguided to be "bitter" that one group garners more attention than the other, when one group isn't doing as much as the other to bring attention, publicity and resources to their cause. You're right, this isn't about a competition, this about who is doing what for their "own"."

Wow, that could be taken right from a Klan pamphlet.

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270235)

The only reason breast cancer awareness is so high is because women, WOMEN, organized themselves and brought both the public and government's attention to it.

And the only reason they could succeed with this is because men care about women and thus can be mobilised. This is not the case for male health, where women and men could hardly care less unless they themselves are impacted. I'm not sure whether this is cultural or hardwired, but take a look at plain hard facts and figures, and you'll see this pattern emerge almost universally. Why are there about two orders of magnitude as many gynecologists as andrologists? Why were cars almost without safety features until there was a substantial amount of female drivers? Why is there a whole lot more research on rheumatoid arthritis (which more women get) than ankylosing spondylitis (which more men get)?

Is it discrimination? Probably, but men are doing it to themselves too, by deliberately or unconsciously focusing their efforts on protection on women and children.

Regards,
--
*Art

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (2, Interesting)

proverbialcow (177020) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270091)

Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is one of my biggest pet peeves about breast cancer awareness.

I think the risk of prostate cancer is higher by a considerable margin. A quick Googling for information got me: 18% for prostate cancer, 14.3% for breast cancer. Plus, how many more men die from it because they leave it untreated?

As one previous poster noted, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month was September. Not a great sign for your awareness-month when nobody knows when it is.

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (2, Insightful)

Thrip (994947) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270095)

What do you mean by "out there"? Who do you expect to make that effort? I'm no expert on the subject, but it seems to me that a lot of breast cancer survivors have been very vocal in trying to raise awareness, whereas prostate cancer survivors tend not to be overly eager to talk about it. Let's face it, men choose to suffer in silence because our macho image is more important to us than our health. And if some guy tries to get me to wear a ribbon or buy a teddy bear in support of prostates everywhere, I'm just not going to be very receptive.

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (1)

shigelojoe (590080) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270157)

I think it boils down to this:

How do you check to see if a woman has breast cancer? Feel them up! Conclusion: Cool, sign me up!

How do you check to see if a man has prostate cancer? Shove a finger or three up their ass! Conclusion: Whoa buddy, no thanks!

Re:Strangely unfamous cancer (3, Informative)

Hahnsoo (976162) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269785)

Apparently, it's light blue for Prostate Cancer, and Prostate Cancer awareness month is September (at least it was last year).
 
Breast Cancer strikes fear in the heart of many women despite being one of the most treatable cancers. I'm sure TFA has his/her heart in the right place, even though I can't see how making pink websites would make a difference.

I dont see slashdot doing it! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269639)

IT's funny how Slashdot will post the story, but not do the deed...

makes ya think...

First post?

Not ponies (5, Funny)

Kuku_monroe (753761) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269649)

OMG, Cancer!!!

Re:Not ponies (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269693)

I was disappointed at myself for laughing at that.

Re:Not ponies (1)

Kabal` (111455) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270027)

I'm not.

Sorry but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269677)

how does this help? I admit I didn't read through the article so what's going on - do they have links to cancer charities on these pink pages?

Re:Sorry but (1)

Kuku_monroe (753761) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269711)

It's like putting a pink ribbon sticked on the back of your car

Useless, but trendy!

I'm in what else can I do? (3, Insightful)

josepha48 (13953) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269713)

less than two years ago one of my sisters was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today I just discovered my other sister has breast cancer. It's spread to her bones, so the doctors are treating her with chemo. She's 47!

So what's the #xxxxxx code for pink or do we just use 'pink' ( which is kinda dark ).

What else can we do?

BTW: guys, get your selves checked for prostate cancer!

Re:I'm in what else can I do? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269827)

BTW: guys, get your selves checked for prostate cancer!

And check yourself for testicular cancer. It only takes a minute and it might save your life.

--A Survivor

Re:I'm in what else can I do? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269847)

BTW: guys, get your selves checked for prostate cancer!

That's why my website is "Going Brown For October"!

Re:I'm in what else can I do? (1)

thewiz (24994) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270033)

So what's the #xxxxxx code for pink or do we just use 'pink' ( which is kinda dark ).

Check here http://www.htmlvalidator.com/htmlval/fontsandcolor s.html [htmlvalidator.com] for a selection of pinks.

Re:I'm in what else can I do? (4, Informative)

Speare (84249) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270089)

If you are somehow GIMP-challenged to the point of not understanding the eyedropper tool, here are a few I snagged from graphics on a breast cancer site:
  • #ff99cc
  • #eeaac3
  • #f594cb
  • #f197c0
  • #fbd9e1
  • #f50f95
The first one is a "safe 216" color, which I threw in as a bonus for the really ancient websites and video cards stuck in 256-color modes.

Re:I'm in what else can I do? (1)

davidc (91400) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270093)

#ffcccc looks good.

Re:I'm in what else can I do? (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270233)

So what's the #xxxxxx code for pink or do we just use 'pink' ( which is kinda dark ).

Yeah; I was wondering about that. You'd think they'd have a standard shade. So I followed a few of the links, and looked around the source. I didn't find a #xxxxxx number anywhere.

When I re-enabled the web pages' colors, I didn't find many that were pink, and those seem to have done it with a background image. Hmmm ...

Anyone know if there's a standard pink here, and what its RGB values are?

Breasts (5, Funny)

Tx (96709) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269729)

I'm all sypathetic for cancer sufferers of course, but I have to say I'm personally much more interested in non-cancerous mammaries. I vote we have a National Breast Awareness month (without the cancer) next month. Dunno what color we should turn our websites for that though, I would've said pink, but apparently it's been taken :).

Re:Breasts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269841)

Are you like 12?

Breast cancer is a serious problem and it needs to be brought forward and discussed. Cancer of all kinds is very difficult to detect in most cases and takes a lot out of a person. That week or so waiting for a blood test result is complete hell..

Theres a time and a place for jokes, but this is a rather serious thing which could one day kill you. Being a little horny asshole who wants to see porn isn't an important thing.

Re:Breasts (3, Insightful)

nacturation (646836) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269951)

Theres a time and a place for jokes, but this is a rather serious thing which could one day kill you. Being a little horny asshole who wants to see porn isn't an important thing.

Lighten up. Seeing breasts != porn. Seeing people fucking == porn. And many things could one day kill you... should we be serious about everything and just stop joking altogether?
 

Re:Breasts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16270197)

Breast cancer is a serious problem and it needs to be brought forward and discussed.

Oh come on! We get inundated with breast cancer awareness PSAs constantly on TV and radio as well as magazines and newspapers.
There have even been people who suggest that if men got breast cancer it would have been cured by now! Like prostate cancer has been stamped out - oh wait it hasn't.
I think a woman's breasts are just as important to a man as they are to the woman!

All cancer is a serious problem, why attach gender to it? Perhaps you're thinking that appearing sensitive to "womens issues" will help get you laid?

Being a little horny asshole who wants to see porn isn't an important thing.

Just remember if people stopped being horny there would soon be no more people.

Re:Breasts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269895)

Dunno what color we should turn our websites...

The RGB code for nipples is #CC6666. And it's websafe. Though possibly NSFW.

And I couldn't help noticing that it said 'national' - implying 'American', I guess?

Re:Breasts (1)

r3m0t (626466) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270107)

Actually, I'm seeing advertisement in the UK. I think it's just one day/week for most people, and a whole month for schools.

Re:Breasts (1)

springbox (853816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269987)

You seem to be plenty aware of breasts. Any more awareness might cause an explosion. (You could stare at your chest for a while, but it might not be as exciting.)

questioning its use (4, Funny)

xIcemanx (741672) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269739)

We should stop celebrating breast cancer awareness and start celebrating breast awareness [theonion.com] . Millions of lives are tragically affected by unawareness of the full size and scope of these breasts. Failure to screen breasts early and often can lead to a rapid deterioration of sexy roles and a premature end to one's film career. Regular examination of breasts needs to be an important part of people's lives.

Re:questioning its use (1)

MisterSquiddy (905066) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269789)

My dick is already pink in awareness.

Ugh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269751)

It seems like the next month we're gonna have to go with black themes, to promote bright-color-induced eyestrain awareness.

November is Gangrene Month (1)

MisterSquiddy (905066) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269757)

Don't forget to turn your websites black and white. Oh, you did already.

Guys??? (0, Troll)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269763)

We guys can't get breast cancer because we don't have breasts. We have pecks, those of us who are still men, and the rest are a bunch of transexuals!

Friggin liberals!!

Re:Guys??? (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269855)

A guy where I worked five years ago got breast cancer. He'd had some other cancer as well. Yes, men can get breast cancer, it's just quite rare.

Also tends to have a higher mortality rate in men. (1)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270045)

, because it usually isn't detected or diagnosed until it hits an advanced stage.

http://www.johnwnickfoundation.org/index.html [johnwnickfoundation.org]

Re:Guys??? (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269859)

Men have breasts, they just don't develope in the same way. Women's breasts contain fat basicly, where as guys don't contain the same amount other wise we're identical. Men can even produce milk is correctly stimulated..

Meet my parental breasts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269921)

I have breasts, Turn-X Alphonse, can you milk me?

Re:Guys??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16270209)

First IANAD(octor), but I think this is a step closer to accuracy:

what you said is not entirely true. We have the capability to develop the same tissues, but under hormone stimulation, the breasts develop glandular tissue (which we men lack by default) which is what actually produces the milk. Men with noticeable breasts may have the fat, but don't have the glandular development. Hormone imbalances and various medical treatments can cause the glandular development, but it's not usually found.

regarding the male lactation bit- if I recall, you have to be stimulated for a while either emotionally or physically or both- which presumably causes your body to generate some of the hormones required. Male lactation has occurred spontaneously due to some medical conditions, but I'm not sure that there's a sure-fire way to make that work for your average guy.

Breast Awareness (1)

jenniferj (16471) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269781)

For the ultimate in both Breast Cancer awareness and just plain old awareness of breasts, be sure to visit this Fifth Annual Boobiethon (http://boobiethon.com/) - women baring their breasts for cancer awareness... not to be missed! You can say you helped out the fight against cancer when you donate to see all the wonderful boobies! :)

Finally, a sequel! (1)

njh (24312) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269843)

"The Hunt for Pink October"

Re:Finally, a sequel! (1)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269909)

Ah, so you like submarine movies?

"Crimson Tide" - brought to you by - Tampax!

Equal Billing? (0)

Robber Baron (112304) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269871)

Prostate cancer kills as many men as breast cancer kills women, but do we men get a month or a ribbon or a colour changing website campaign? Breast cancer "research" also gets about 5 times the funding too...

I'm sorry, but until there is some equality there, my stuff is staying the same colour!

Re:Equal Billing? (1)

beoba (867477) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269931)

It's not like this is a contest. With cancer research, everybody wins.

Re:Equal Billing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269955)

Hey How about Lung Cancer Awareness.
Kills far more than Breat Cancer with way less funding to find a cure.
You don't have to smoke or be exposed to smoke to get it either.

Re:Equal Billing? (1)

Horse Rotorvator JAD (834524) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269971)

Right. I heard some woman talking about how sexist society is and how "If breast cancer was a male problem, it would have been cured by now." She convienently ignores the fact that plenty of men die of prostate cancer and yet it isn't cured either.

Re:Equal Billing? (1)

skegg (666571) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270059)

If you feel that not enough is being done to eradicate prostate cancer, then instead of venting anger and frustration, how about doing something about it? (As many women have for breast cancer.)

There are plenty of worthwhile organisations that would love to borrow your techy skills (e.g. for a couple of hours a week).

Where the hell is Carcinogen Awareness Day? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269879)

I'm all for Breast Cancer Awareness, don't get me wrong, but how about we promote prevention instead of detection once in a while?

"Awareness"? (3, Insightful)

Hao Wu (652581) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269891)

What does awareness do except make people falsely believe that something is being done about a problem?

"Awareness" is organized complacency.

If you want to fight breast cancer, then do it in a laboratory or hospital setting - someplace where caring actually matters. (...and stick your "pink-website" concept back up your ass where it came from...)

Re:"Awareness"? (1)

springbox (853816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270061)

I completely agree. However, the "awareness" items that are sold in stores contribute to meaningful things like research. Pink websites don't have the same effect unless all of the ad revenue is being donated to some laboratory. If people just promote awareness without actually helping a cause, then you're right, they can stick their pink site up their ass, because it's not helping anyone. The OMG PONIES theme could be used out of spite.

Re:"Awareness"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16270073)

...and stick your "pink-website" concept back up your ass where it came from...
Aha! I get it. You're advocating prostate cancer self examination!

Re:"Awareness"? (5, Insightful)

davidc (91400) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270181)

Awareness might make the difference between a woman having a mammogram, or not.

Let's not be ignorant about this: screening and early detection can make a huge difference in breast cancer (others, too!). I just don't agree that awareness makes people think they are safe. And, yes, something is being done about the problem, starting with screening.

Every bit of publicity helps. Please don't belittle educational programs. Grass-roots education for regular screening arguably helps as much as the latest whiz-bang chemotherapeutic agent. If you catch it early, you markedly improve survival rates.

How much more awareness are you expecting? (3, Insightful)

Will_Malverson (105796) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269915)

Is there any woman still out there not aware that sometimes her boobs can develop lumps that will kill her? If such an utterly clueless person exists, is turning websites pink really the best way to communicate with her?

So...... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269925)

So why the fuck should I care? Everywhere I look there is 'Breast cancer this, that or the other thing' going on. All this 'awareness' seems more like the trendy thing people do to show they care for PR's sake rather than a genuine attempt to help. And more to the point, it seems like the trendy thing people get behind because it affects women. Nobody seems to give a shit about things that happen almost exclusivly to men. Prostate cancer kills a similar number of men each year but nobody give a turd about that. I have never seen a 'walk to stop industrial accidents' (in which men are almost always the victim) campaign - at least not involving my bank - CIBC - which is always having some breast cancer thing going on. Violence against women is a problem, even though men are victimized at far higher rates and have always been. And even if it has nothing to do with the male/female thing there are far more deadly things out there that need to be dealt with. Traffic accidents are 10x as deadly but only my insurance company has ads encouraging safe driving. And alcohol. Alcohol is a huge killer, but you'll never see anyone trying to discourage drinking (no no no no, by all means, continue drinking, but 'please drink responsibly' o_0).

So, why should I care? Come on, give me a reason. Is your campain a narrow minded female-centric PR move or simply a gross waste of resources that could be spent better elsewhere?

Conspiracy against Halloween? (1)

agent (7471) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269941)

Boo.

Going pink For October (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16269945)

Why pink--More women get colon cancer than breast cancer--how about brown

Not Pink Panther? (1)

mh101 (620659) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269989)

My first thought on reading the title was that there was some sort of marketing campaign starting for The Pink Panther [wikipedia.org] series of movies.

Netvibes (1)

pile0nades (962661) | more than 7 years ago | (#16269999)

Netvibes [netvibes.com] ' new Cinnamon release has a pink theme that looks pretty good.

Why the focus on breast cancer? (4, Informative)

windowpain (211052) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270007)

I lost a dear friend to breast cancer in 1998 but I think it's screwy to focus so much on it. Look at this PDF table [cancer.gov] from the National Cancer Institute. It shows that estimated deaths from digestive system cancers (136,180) will be more than triple the number of deaths from breast cancer (41,430) this year. Both figures are for both male and female deaths. Even when you look at just female deaths, digestive system cancers will kill half again as many women as breast cancer will (60,970 vs. 40,970).

Another example of misplaced public health priorities due to the publicity machine.

Token efforts yield token results. (2, Funny)

6350' (936630) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270019)

Maybe after October, we can have a bake-sale for the deficit!

Disease Gap... (2, Insightful)

evilviper (135110) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270023)

Nothing disturbs me more about "charities" than the promotion of one disease over another.

Besides breast cancer, we all hear about AIDS constantly, and calls for donations. Yet, AIDS research already recieves a disproportionally large ammount of money, if you look at the number of people who die from it, and the ammount spent on other serious diseases.

Are there any organizations that you can donate to, that just tackle critical diseases at large, rather than having tunnel-vision on one single issue?

Re:Disease Gap... (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270125)

Nothing disturbs me more about "charities" than the promotion of one disease over another.

I hate to say it but this mentality is not only old but also very illogical. You fight the fights that you have a chance to win. There is no cure-all solution and focusing on diseases that we've had a great deal of success treating is money better spent due to patient recovery. Not only this but the research for a particular cancer is doubtlessly valuable to other cancer research.

Are there any organizations that you can donate to, that just tackle critical diseases at large, rather than having tunnel-vision on one single issue?

This would be akin to trying to hold back the winds using your hands.

Women live longer too... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16270037)

Men die younger, they have Prostate cancer to worry about, higher suicide rates, reckless activities, higher incidence of autism and are more likely to die in wars. After aout 70 years old, women outnumber men by so much it is not funny.

It is time to start taking care of men!!!

One cancer patient says Gag Me With a Pink Ribbon (5, Interesting)

reifman (786887) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270051)

Jeanne Sather, a breast cancer survivor, at Assertive Cancer Patient [assertivepatient.com] says "Gag me with a pink ribbon: Where pink marketing really runs wild is in the for-profit sector. Retailers offer pink-themed merchandise, then donate only a tiny share of the profits to cancer research. I'm tripping over these products everywhere I go this month. At the pet store, a pink dog collar printed with pink ribbons sells for $9.99; the tag says 30 cents (30 cents!) from the sale of this product will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the 800-pound gorilla of cause marketing." and more.

This is dumb. (4, Insightful)

prescor (204357) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270057)

I'm a guy who three years ago had a lump-ectomy. (Mammograms are NOT fun, y'all. The girls can KEEP 'em!) Fortunately, it was benign.

That said, "pink sites" is a dumb idea. Or sites of any OTHER color to support a cause. Still, I support freedom of speech and all that. Anyone who wants their site pink because of breast cancer or panther fetishes or whatever, well, more power to 'em.

I still think it's stupid.

Just Curious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16270087)

http://justcurio.us/ [justcurio.us] is way ahead of the curve

Will slashdot? (1)

erwejo (808836) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270097)

Exactly what the comment says - will slashdot turn pink for a great cause?

Save the Boobies!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16270109)

Every year millions of innocent boobies around the world are lost to the effects of cancer, won't you please help stop this scurge so that all of us can enjoy the presense of more boobies in our daily lives? Please give to the American Breast Cancer Foundation and support its cause.

Its NOT just sites - its CITIES! (2, Interesting)

nighty5 (615965) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270133)

I noticed this last week while walking home from work, passing the Opera House (Sydney) down to the park it was illumiated in completely pink. It looks really cool.

This effort is global, cities around the world are getting involved in the cause.

I'm suprised nobody else has seen this, maybe most stay in underground server rooms not to notice?

http://www.globalillumination.org.au/ [globalillu...ion.org.au]

For Australia, "Porches in Pink will begin a day after the Global Illumination on Sunrise, with Australian porches remaining pink for the duration of October to show Australians' support for breast cancer research." ::

http://www.porchesinpink.org/ [porchesinpink.org]

well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16270167)

I guess that explains why that flier was pink. :ms:

Just another.. (4, Insightful)

kbox (980541) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270207)

....Temporarily pretend you give a shit about something month/week/day.

How about a smoky color since... (1)

FortranDragon (98478) | more than 7 years ago | (#16270223)

more women die of lung cancer than breast cancer? Isn't the goal to save lives? Most people already know what the pink ribbon means. Let's start reminding them about a worse killer.
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