Thanks to Brian for sending over the link to the Daily Telegraph article on "prostate cancer -the neglected killer, loses out on research cash."
Breast cancer receives twice as much research funding as prostate cancer despite both diseases killing similar numbers of people, a charity has said.
Despite being the most common cancer in men and the fourth most common cancer overall, prostate cancer lies 20th in the “league table” of annual cancer research spend per case diagnosed, figures show.
Breast cancer, the most common female cancer which has a similar death rate to prostate cancer, received more than double the annual research spend with £853 per case diagnosed compared with £417.
Prostate Cancer UK are really stepping up a gear. Not just in launching their sledgehammer campaign and their advertising campaign, but also in publishing this research. It certainly builds on the responsible campaigning theme and does make the case rightly that money should be switched from breast cancer research to prostate research.
The chief executive alludes to what part of the problem is in his comments: "Men in the UK have a problem and they don’t want to talk about it. Neither do the wives and partners who will end up supporting them, the doctors who will treat them, nor the politicians who will count on their vote. Prostate cancer is the UK’s best kept worst secret."
What he is saying but doesn't want to 'say it', is that this is as clear an example of the institutional sexism and institutional discrimination that men face.
Play the 'reverse the gender' game and does anyone really think that politicians, and doctors would not do anything about, not lead campaigns, not increase funding etc. Of course they would but they stay silent when comes to men's health because as we know men are the disposable sex.
It also shows why we need a Minister for Men to ensure this state discrimination does not take place.
And of course where is the anti-male Equalities and Human Rights Commission in all of this? They have a statutory duty under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that this type of state institutional discrimination does not take place in terms of government research. Why are they so silent?
This is a great start to 2013 in exposing discrimination against men, and then doing something about it - fighting male discrimination that actually costs men their lives.
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