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For Corporations to Stop Funding Breast Cancer Foundations

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I have been researching different cancers and was appalled & shocked by the blatant disparity in funding levels and survival rates between breast cancer and lung cancer. For every $14 that goes to breast cancer research, only $1 goes to lung cancer research. The survival rate of breast cancer is 94%.  Because of under-funding, the survival rate for lung cancer is the exact same it was over 40 years ago. Only 15% of lung cancer patients will live past 5 years. Almost all of them will die within a year of being diagnosed. 

Everywhere I go, there's pink ribbons, save the boobies signs, I love boobies bracelets. Breast cancer has been completely sexualized. There's nothing sexy about wearing I love lungs bracelets. Teens won't be walking a gray line with "Save the lungs" t-shirts. Breast cancer research has turned into a money-grubbing propaganda machine for businesses and foundations. 

It's not just breast cancer either. Prostate cancer is a big money grabber too. November is Movember where all males are supposed to grow mustaches to support prostate cancer research. What they fail to mention is that the survival rate of prostate cancer is 99%. Lung cancer is 15%. 

Lung cancer has been the deadliest form of cancer since 1987. It kills more people a year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, melanoma, and kidney cancers COMBINED. If corporations, cancer foundations, and cancer research centers spent as much money on lung cancer as they have been on marketing breast cancer then I wonder how many lung cancer victims would still be alive today?

Please sign this petition to tell corporations to stop funding breast cancer research and start funding lung cancer. Do not buy any products that have the pink ribbon on it. Donate to lung cancer and pancreatic cancer (20% survival rate) research and treatment.


Rachel Owens


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