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(opinion)

The Reporter • October 2013

pink

Cancer isn’t always

Breast cancer casts shadow on other forms ashley everhart reporter

Hall Talk

As October approaches, colors of fall surround us – shades of orange, yellow and PINK. October is “Breast Cancer Awareness” month and the Susan B. Komen foundation has made pink very popular, especially in the month of October. Some very prominent names that support breast cancer awareness, and only breast cancer awareness, are Campbell’s, Shoe Dazzle, the NFL, O.P.I. nail polish, TicTacs and Yoplait yogurt. According to dailymakeover. com celebrities like Taylor Swift, P. Diddy, and Jennifer Aniston, have added their names to the long list of Hollywood notables who

support breast cancer awareness. The numbers of those who support melanoma and other types of cancer awareness, however, are glaringly lower. Many people assume breast cancer is the deadliest cancer, but they are wrong. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer actually ranks fourth on the list of deadliest cancers, and second on the deadliest cancers in women. Lung cancer is actually the No. 1 cancer killer in women. According to the sheknows website “Pink dollars” raised in 2010 funded more research at the National Cancer Institute than money raised for both lung and prostate cancer combined. There is an estimated 5,660 more cases of these two cancers every year and they continue to receive less funding. In 2010, for example lung cancer, the most commonly

Fall Favorites “Fall ball” -Tr e v o r B o e h m , freshman

diagnosed cancer, only received $281.9 million for research. Prostate cancer, the second most common cancer, received $300.9 million, and breast cancer received $631.2 million. It seems there is a stigma attached to some cancers; some may think smokers have brought lung cancer on themselves. This is not always the case. Lung cancer in non-smokers is currently the sixth most common cause of cancer related death. People suffer from all different types of cancer. Breast cancer is just as deadly, but it does seem to get a lot more attention. Does anyone even know when “Ovarian Cancer Awareness” is? It was September, as in last month, what about lung? Or prostrate? As we look through our pinktinted glasses we should raise awareness to all cancers, not just breast cancer.

staff editorial Believe it or not, you are not invincible. You are not immune from stupidity or ignorance. Poor decisions will lead to poor consequences. It may be in your best interest to take the advice given to you. Acting irresponsibly can cause harm. Take texting and driving, for example. A lot of people do it despite the risks involved. Yeah, it may be an important text message you are sending out, but is it really worth the risk? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 21 percent of drivers between 15 and 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were distracted by the use of cell phones. Life is sacred. You probably take your best friends and family for granted, which is OK, it is part of human nature. Appreciate people and let them

know you do. They could be gone in the blink of an eye. Instead of doing that ‘YOLO’ mumbo jumbo, take time to savor your life and enjoy the small aspects. The things you do will impact your life tomorrow. Don’t go speeding on gravel roads in the middle of a downpour. You don’t know the consequences that may result because of that. Take a load off every once in a while. The game of life is a speedy one. Tell people you love them and do not take them for granted. Don’t make decisions that could negatively impact your life, no matter the severity. Remember you are not invincible.

- The Reporter Staff

whitney mcdaniel online editor

“Having days off of school”

“Sweatshirts and bonfires”

“Thanksgiving and the fall food”

- D er e k R obiso n , sophomore

-Katie Thoden, junior

-Kelsey Slawson, senior

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