Thursday, February 01, 2007

National Wear Red Day

Tomorrow, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day, a day when Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness. You can learn more about about women's heart health here.

Women's heart disease certainly needs more awareness, since most women and even their doctors seem to think that heart disease is for men only or for women past menopause. But it is simply not true--9000 women under 45 have heart attacks every year and many others have heart related problems and 13% of women 45 and over have had a heart attack.

And lest you think that I am focusing too much on women's health, I was reading the other day that there is good news for men--even without the pink ribbons and red dressses, their cancer rates are going down:

The biggest drop occurred in colorectal cancer, with 1,110 fewer men and 1,094 fewer women dying from the disease. The decline was attributed to broader screening efforts and improved treatment.

Similarly, 666 fewer women died of breast cancer and 552 fewer men died of prostate cancer in 2004, probably the result of increased detection and better treatment.

Hey, at least Katie Couric was good for something.


Blogger Mercurior said...

if you do research into how much funding womens health and mens health gets.. the difference is so much less. i am all for wcures for cancer but for everyone. (and some men dont realise they too can get breast cancer but you never hear about male breast cancer people think its a joke).

why should one group have more resources than any other. (btw my mum is a woman, my fiance is a woman, some of my best friends are women, i dont say dont fund womens cancers but fund more mens cancers)

4:25 PM, February 01, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...


I agree, men and women's health research should have equal government funding.

4:28 PM, February 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why include a dig at Katie Couric?

It reminds me of some famous words I heard recently...

"Really, was the word "Unbecoming" really necessary here? I don't think so."

4:35 PM, February 01, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...

Anonymous 4:35:

Well, she doesn't seem to be doing much of a job reporting the news. I thought she was fine on Today where being perky and cheerful were a part of the job description. I found it telling in a magazine article I read about her recently that when she took the news anchor job, she said, "This better be fun!" It seems she did a good job of getting people to go in for colon screenings on the Today show--probably saved a number of lives. Her job at CBS news doesn't seem to suit her personality very well--and her bias in doing the news does not sit well with many of her (ex) viewers.

5:05 PM, February 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(1) What is wrong with "This better be fun!"?

(2) Yes. I'm sure the aforementioned commenter can also justify his/her comment that Ann Althouse's behavior is unbecoming. I took your gripe to be--why take unnecessary pot shots at someone? A fair point.

Or are pot shots kosher as long as they're taken (a) by you or (b) against someone whose biases you dislike? And unnecessary when taken (a)against you or (b) someone whose biases you share

5:30 PM, February 01, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...

Anonymous 5:30:

Ahh, so you've decided on the passive-aggressive tactic.

5:54 PM, February 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh, so you've decided to deflect and thus ignore your own inconsistencies and hypocricies.

p.s. Are you sure you understand what "passive-aggressive" means?

6:23 PM, February 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Passive-aggressive means questioning Helen.

I for one, don't know how anyone could question her. Didn't you see the picture of her on the boat? Sheesh.

10:18 PM, February 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there is a hidden message in the number of fewer women who died of breast cancer in 2004.

10:19 PM, February 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do these women with heart diseases always keep pushing their agendas on us men? wear red? please. pass me more of that red steak.

6:54 PM, February 04, 2007  
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