Chris Hiley's blog

Airbrush, whitewash or accident? Older women missing from another breast cancer campaign.

The cancer research charity Breast Cancer Campaign has launched a new... ummm.... campaign. You can see it here. The call to action is ‘email your MP’. Then the MP gets information that raises their awareness of secondary breast cancer, the importance of increasing survival and improving service delivery. It boils down to ‘There’s an election next year.

Global Action on Men’s Health launched. I'm missing the link to Movember

I get a bit grumpy about Movember. Good enough on prostate cancer, more or less, but the rest?...hmmm....

It’s a great fundraising mechanism invented by business men, run by fundraisers and with the crass lack of self consciousness we'd all want our adolescent lads grow out off as quickly as possible. It has no idea it’s not that bright about men’s health. It’s also a tinsy winsy bit smug about ‘changing the face of men’s health’, its neat but vacuous strap line.

I mind the gap: old people, cancer, health charities and co-morbidities

I remain very interested in what happens to men and women aged over 75, with and at risk of cancer. I remain very interested in the considerable ambivalence of cancer charities towards what happens to men and women aged 75 and over with and at risk of cancer. 

Are health charities ethical? How do we tell?

To avoid huff, puff and ruffled feathers, I don’t mean that health charities are unethical; I’m simply asking how we know health charities are ethical. I’ve been wondering since seeing the Pancreatic Cancer Action advert in February. I was struck by the range of ethical ‘I wonder if’s?’ and 'did they do's?' I could list after seeing it.

‘Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face’. I discuss.

[Re-posted from last year, when I had to delete it due to the attention of spambots. I'm hoping they've lost track of it and I'm sneaking it quietly back again...]  

I spotted this phrase on a recent tweet from Macmillan Cancer Support – ‘Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face’. Hmm. That’s quite an assertion. ‘Toughest’? That’s a superlative and a comparison. So Macmillan knows cancer is tougher than all other conditions, like….. well, name them, please.

Beating cancer 100 years ago - strangely familiar stuff.

Apparently ‘the sooner you support us, the sooner we’ll beat cancer’. I saw that recently on a Cancer Research UK fundraising poster at a bus stop in Turnham Green. And, in other fundraising which fell out of my Sunday paper, Cancer Research UK have been working tirelessly towards beating cancer ‘for over 100 years’. These are interesting contrasts. 'Sooner' and '100 years'.

So, naturally, I turn to 1907 and The Saturday Review of 6 July pages 6-7 to check “The Fight With Cancer”.

Older people with cancer - wait for it - in a headline!

On 19 March 2010 the following report was published “Reducing cancer inequality: evidence, progress and making it happen - a report by the National Cancer Equality Initiative”

On page 25 the authors observed “Older people with cancer receive less intensive treatment than younger people. In many cases this may be clinically appropriate. However, there is increasing evidence that under-treatment of older people may occur.

Prostate Cancer: One of the UK's 'biggest man killers'? Really?

Quick! Run after it! The rhetoric's getting away!

I’ve just spotted the following, at the bottom of a job advert in the Guardian, seeking an Information Officer for Prostate Cancer UK.

“We are building Men United, a growing team of men across the UK, to get the message out there about one of the UK’s biggest man killers, to support men affected by it and to raise funds to find more reliable tests and treatments for the future.”

I have just turned down breast screening. Again.

I have just turned down breast screening. Again. Second time of asking; second time of polite refusal. I blogged about the first time I was asked, remarking on several things that struck me as odd and unsatisfactory.  

MoQuestions about Movember

Here’s a funny Movember thing, from the BBC website. Funny as in odd; not funny ha ha. No author and none of it seems to have gone through any critical filter.