Do We Need More Breast Cancer Awareness?

A Misconception 1 of 4

October 4, 2011

I recently put out a women’s health quiz here at ChaCha with questions about everything from the proper calcium intake to STDs to pregnancy. When I reviewed the answers that women were giving for this quiz, one question raised a red flag: “According to the CDC, what is the leading cause of death in women?”

Of the more than 1,700 people who answered this question as of today, nearly 60 percent chose breast cancer as the leading cause of death. What’s the correct answer? Heart disease. No other question on the quiz garnered such a huge percentage of incorrect answers.

While this is far from any kind of official study, I think it is a good indicator of the female perception. But I can’t say I blame them.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the already heightened support of breast cancer awareness and research will balloon in the coming weeks. There’s nothing wrong with support for a cure for any disease, but breast cancer receives an awful lot of attention, while other extremely deadly diseases fall by the wayside in comparison.

By now, we’re all pretty aware of breast cancer. How about we give some other severe illnesses a shot?

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Natalie Moya | ChaCha Women's Health