A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that Americans have mixed emotions about the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
About 96 percent of the 1,004 people polled say the event has succeeded in making people aware of the disease. Most contribute to the cause: About 84 percent of Americans, including 95 percent of those ages 18 to 29, now “shop for the cure,” buying pink products with a breast cancer tie-in.
Yet one in three adults, and nearly half of all women under 50, say the intense focus on breast cancer overshadows other worthy causes. Many people said they would like to see more support for research into other cancers. Even many breast cancer survivors said they see what is now being done as an over-commercialization of a terrible disease and some question how much of the money from the items being sold actually goes to breast cancer research and treatment.
Instead of the focus in October being solely on breast cancer, maybe it would be good to focus on all cancers. Heart disease, COPD, Alzheimer’s disease, autism and many others could be the focus of other months. There are many good causes that need financial support.
Many worthy causes
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