The News of the Day is Not All Bad



October 1 — and the news of the day is not encouraging:

The U.S. government is shut down because our Congress can’t seem to get along.

The websites to sign up for the new healthcare exchanges have crashed.

And our celebrities are so lazy, they can’t walk at a tourist attraction.

But, in honor of the pink month, there is some encouraging news:

  • Deaths from breast cancer in the U.S. in 1991:  43,583
  • Estimated deaths from breast cancer in the U.S. in 2013: 40,030

It may not look like much of a difference, but it’s a big deal for those 3553 people who remain alive.  Let’s celebrate what we can.

And if you’re tired of the today’s bad news and need a good laugh, check out the new story at my other blog.


7 Responses to “The News of the Day is Not All Bad”

  1. Sue Rickels Says:

    I wonder if the lives saved are a little higher as the population is greater. And, if memory serves, radical mastectomies were done with the idea of lumpectomy just being accepted as lifesaving. The great thing that will bring the numbers down is AWARENESS–everyone, everywhere knows pink. Brownwood had its marathon walk last week. The numbers will go down–it will be more like being HIV positive is now. Such a diagnosis was a death sentence in 1991. Keep up your good work.

    • Julie Yamamoto Says:

      Sue, I thought about that too. The total population in the U.S. in 1991 was 252.98 million. A year ago, November 2012, it was 314.69 million (source:,an increase of roughly 61 millions. I’m counting total population, since men are affected by breast cancer as well, and my numbers in the post include men. So yes, overall, the number of lives saved is greater given that the population increased quite a bit in those 22 years. That’s even more encouraging.

      • Sue Rickels Says:

        Thanks for the numbers. The retired San Antonio District Judge who tried the Triple Murder Case died a few years ago from breast cancer. I had just ordered his memoirs and did a Google search. He said his daughters told him that he must go public to raise awareness of male breast cancer. He said that he didn’t want to (he was 79, a tough old bird, but fair), but if could save one life he was glad to do it. Each number, as you well know, is a life.

      • Julie Yamamoto Says:

        And when I show numbers in my classes about how many people die from breast cancer vs. heart disease (which is still far more deadly), my male students always look slightly alarmed when they see men listed as having breast cancer.

        Julie Yamamoto

        Reality is determined by reality, not by consensus. — Derrick Jensen


      • Sue Rickels Says:

        The male animal is quite insecure about his sexuality–don’t you think?

  2. Julie Yamamoto Says:

    I think in this case it’s just a surprise to them to know they could be affected by something that’s almost exclusively associated with females. They don’t think they have breast tissue.

    • Sue Rickels Says:

      Makes sense unless they have some that is visible as my young helper (age26) which upsets him greatly. He’s lost about 80 lbs, worked out (he’s 6’2″), but still has them. The doctor said he probably always will. I am going to tell him to look into the newly modified, easier liposuction–it might not require much recovery time (as breast reduction or breast liposuction does–at least on women). I think you are correct though–never occurred to them that they have “breasts.”

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