Letter: Cancer message

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The Independent Culture
Sir: If the breast cancer message now seems loud ("Spare me breast cancer month", 6 October), it may be because it is being compared to silence. For too long breast cancer was a Cinderella condition. The disease had no public profile and many women were unwilling to discuss their experience of it. If things have now begun to change, that is an achievement. Let's not belittle it by suggesting that by raising awareness of one disease we are detracting from equally deserving causes.

If certain areas of cancer care are underfunded it is because the pie is too small and not because breast cancer services have too big a slice.


Chief Executive

Breakthrough Breast Cancer

London WC2