Today kicks off the month of October; more importantly, a month dedicated to the research of breast cancer. Now, I am not going to get into the fact that this is a very important month, devoted to a worthy cause. This is something that has all the press that it needs and deserves.
My question is why isn’t there another month that gets the press and recognition as the “pink” month of October? I know that there is the daffodil month of April; one that is dedicated to cancer research as a whole. But why isn’t there another month specific to a type of cancer research?
Do not get me wrong, I believe whole-heartedly in cancer research and the spread of cancer research, but I find it interesting that the other more prevalent types of cancer, ones that do not have as high of a success rate, such as lung, skin and prostate cancer. I am NOT saying that we should disregard breast cancer research. I have a lot of people close to me that are survivors because of breast cancer awareness and I am NOT saying that we should stop the breast cancer month of October.
Breast cancer charities created this month back in 1985, and it has slowly grown into what it is today. They created the month to gain awareness of the effects and treatments of breast cancer. This has obviously been a tremendous success and deservingly so. With this proven method of success, why haven’t the other charities devoted to other forms of cancer research tried to create a month devoted to raising money for their specific cause? There are plenty of months to choose from. It could be a number of different reasons that are way too scientific/businessy for me to understand, but I feel as though the question should be raised. I believe that the other forms of cancer research should get the national publicity that the month of October does for breast cancer.