There is an outstanding article by Lea Goldman in the on-line version of the magazine Marie Clare this month entitled “The big business of breast cancer.”
The primary focus of Goldman’s article is on the way that we have “commercialized” breast cancer under the illusion that all the money spent on pink “tchotchkes” and every donation that we make to every breast cancer “charity” under the sun is actually going to breast cancer research. Trust me, it ain’t … but we encourage all our regular readers to take a few minutes read the article to see the depths to which people will willingly sink.
So … Spread the word … Whether you donate to a prostate cancer “charity,” buy a blue ribbon, or just hand $5.00 to someone standing outside Walmart in September with a prostate cancer screening banner, do your due diligence. Make sure that the charity in question is really using your money to better the treatment of prostate cancer or to help men get appropriately diagnosed and treated. Breast cancer may be raining money, with $6 billion a year being raised in the name of “pink” objectives … but prostate cancer certainly isn’t. We need every penny we can raise to go to research, diagnosis, and education.
We plan to develop a list of a relatively small number of significant prostate cancer charities that people can donate to which we believe to have a track record of really trying to help prostate cacner research and prostate cancer patients and make it available on this web site in the near future.
And if you come across prostate cancer “charities” that clearly, really aren’t, let us know. It may be a good idea to start another page on this web site that lists the prostate cancer organizations doing little or nothing to help prostate cancer research and prostate cancer patients (as opposed to the wonderful job they may be doing lining the pockets of their executives and owners). However, we would need definitive evidence of poor practice in order to create such a list.