David Bowie succumbed to cancer at the age of 69 and he died because we let it.
We let it because not enough people care enough to donate to the fight against cancer (The ugly C) while it continues to do its thing.
What kind of cancer David died from does not matter, because cancer is called cancer, with a descriptor tagged on to the front of the name to describe where it occurred in the body, but the bottom line was, it was cancer.
The most common kinds of cancer are colon, lung and breast cancer, while there are roughly over 100 different types.
In an environmental science class I learned that cancer can come at you in different ways. If you eat smoked foods or lived near the Sacramento River, stomach cancer was the more likely evil. If you lived in a smoggy town or chose to smoke cigarettes, your more likely to develop lung cancer. If you like looking “beautiful” and tan, then skin cancer will be your friend some day… probably.
There’s all these checks and balances like carcinogens like fats and sugars while there are also anti-carcinogens like the greens we eat. Yet one in three people develop a cancer of some kind. For women, one in eight develop breast cancer.
For 2016, it’s estimated that there will be ~1.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed, and almost 600,000 deaths will be attributed to cancer.
Regardless, when I said we let it happen, what I meant is that when we sometimes have opportunity to donate to the causes against cancer, many people don’t.
When people see a telethon, many don’t do anything.
Unless it impacts us directly, things don’t always catch our eye. Until cancer hit my family, I never truly tuned in emotionally to the pleas for financial help. Yet what’s amazing is once you open up and start talking about it, it’s shocking how many people step up to share and acknowledge that they too have or are dealing with the same thing.
But we’re a stoic society so sharing doesn’t happen until it’s too damn late.
It only needs to take $One.
The reason I say we (as a society) let it happen is when we see televised events that support cancer, or sporting events when teams or networks brandish their pink ribbons, it’s a shame not everyone steps up to respond.
I know that everyone is wanting something from us all the time, so these things can get lost in the noise. Or that some folks think they don’t have enough to contribute to the financial fight against cancer, but here’s a premise to consider:
If there are ten million people watching a show and the show calls for donations, imagine how much money could be raised if everyone who was watching the show would call in and donate a “mere” dollar.
Now, suddenly, one dollar doesn’t seem so small, does it?
The world of science and medicine needs funding to help fight things like cancer. And every dollar counts.
Let’s quit losing people we care about to this thing and do something about it…