Saturday night the KU women’s basketball team donned pink uniforms as they do each season to raise money and show their support for the continuing fight against breast cancer.
Consider for a moment the information from The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2010:
- About 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women
- About 54,010 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 39,840 deaths from breast cancer (women)
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
Any efforts to raise the awareness of this terrible disease should be applauded. Here’s what I don’t understand.
Why don’t we see men’s teams in pink?
On the same week of the “Pink” game, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue hit newsstands and mailboxes. It might be crude to say, but most men are obsessed with the size of women’s breasts. Sports Illustrated goes out of its way to make sure that obsession is fully satisfied with their ever-growing annual issue further swollen by an incredible amount of national advertisements.
Since men care so much about breasts, why can’t they show their personal and professional support for a disease that robs a woman of much more than mammary size?
Be a man and use the brain in your head – not the one three feet south. Put on some pink and get behind this important cause. The breasts that might be saved tomorrow may be the ones you are ogling today.
Try to actually care for what lies within a woman not just what is there to bare.