Breast cancer in proportion. Causes of death, in women, UK 2010.

I go on about the popular presentation of cancer and how it must look to most people. It is so mis-informative that it has turned most cancer awareness to nonsense. The chatter of the associated cancer charities wheeling out their legions of slebs yet again seem to tell women that breast cancer is the biggest health problem facing them. 

It is big, but not the biggest. Or the only one.

Just look at the pie chart I have made. I found the information it is based on within this data, on the excellent British Heart Foundation website where the section on causes of death gave me the idea and the numbers for my re-versioning

Personally, I have always feared respiratory disease and heart disease, conditions that women aren't encouraged to understand as women's problems. If women might get something, suffer from it and die from it, it should concern women. These other conditions  may not be 'typically' female or affect sexy body parts (cancer has never been sexy but that's where the charity led discourse on 'breast' has taken the two, when put together) or be something your brother can get too, but when did it become OK to let lung or heart problems in women be sidelined in favour of breast cancer? 

The stranglehold breast cancer ranked as the main threat to their health in UK women's minds, is to be regretted, not lauded. (I'd love to evidence this with an IPSOS/MORI poll but there's a side issue of money.... I don't know who else, apart from me, who would have an interest in sponsoring that particular Omnibus Poll) How well can raising public awareness of health with women be thought to be working if, as I suspect, my pie chart is a complete revelation to most women about where breast cancer fits relative to other causes of death?

No breast cancer charity ever shows that. We know why. Prostate cancer? Exactly the same. I might make a pie of that too.   

The same applies to almost any other health charity too. They are all pretty disingenuous when it comes to  awareness - lead by the Director of Fundraising, never the health promoters. Who cares if it makes health advice piecemeal and un-interpretable to the public whom, one might imagine, are the intended beneficiaries of awareness. They aren't, of course. It's all for the bottom line really. Hence the gibberish. As long as it brings in money and makes sense to current supporters/sufferers any old blurt will do.