Pink Power Tools – Buying for Breast Cancer Research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and even if you’re not a “girly” girl, you probably do what you can to support breast cancer research. Let’s face it, if you’re female, you have a couple of “girls” of your own to protect! So what does this have to do with power tools?

Power tools come in pink! At least there are a few, and some manufacturers are donating a portion of their profits to breast cancer research. An internet search turned up a decent 18 volt power drill in pink, and 10% of each purchase is donated. Tomboy Tools is donating a portion of each toolkit sold this month to Avon’s Walk for the Cure. A company called Pink Tool Belts increases its donation from 10% to 25% on its Pink Ribbon Tool Belt every October.

Women who are serious about their power tools can be very vocal in the internet forums regarding the marketing of pink tools. Some are downright insulted; they think they’re demeaning to women, and wouldn’t be seen in public with a pink drill. Others don’t believe pink tools could have the quality of their heavier, less brightly colored counterparts. Still, there are many women who are huge fans of these feminine versions of handyman hardware. They enjoy having a tool that acknowledges that they are women, and appreciate buying a tool belt that fits better and has a bright cheery color, or a lighter tool with a smaller grip.

There are other advantages to owning pink tools. If you share a workspace with men, I doubt that your treasured pink hammer would accidentally disappear into a man’s toolbox! (Something to keep in mind if your husband is constantly borrowing your cordless drill.) It’s really too bad that more tools aren’t available in pink.

Let’s applaud the efforts of pink friendly companies to support breast cancer awareness, as well as their efforts to encourage women and girls to learn new skills. Every woman, even you girly-girls, should learn how to tackle her own “honey-do” list. There are few things more empowering than doing it yourself, no matter what color power tool you choose!

The Lung Cancer Epidemic

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the American population and the western world. Lung cancer use to be the leading cause of cancer deaths in American men only, but since 1988, women have caught up with men and since then lung cancer is leading cause of cancer deaths in women as well. Well over 170,000 cases of lung cancers are diagnosed in the United States each year. Very few fortunate ones get cured from this miserable disease. About 157,000 people die as the direct result of lung cancer.

The mortality related to lung cancer exceeds the combined mortality rates of second (breast cancer), third (prostate cancer), and fourth (colon cancer) leading causes of cancer death. How would we react if every day a Boing 747 crashes and all the passengers die? That’s what happens with lung cancer. About 430 people die every day from lung cancer.

Despite the high rates of cancer deaths, lung cancer receives much less attention compared to other cancers, especially breast cancer. Lung cancer research receives much less funding, and general public takes much less interest in lung cancer. Even though lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women, very little research and scientific progress occurs in the field of lung cancer.

It is estimated that about $1,723 per cancer deaths is spent on lung cancer research where as the corresponding figures for breast cancer ($13,953), prostate cancer ($10,318) and colorectal cancer (4,618) are much higher. It is interesting to note that the department of defense funds breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer but not lung cancer.

Part of the problem associated with lung cancer research funding is the fact that, there are not many lung cancer survivors to lobby for the cause of lung cancer. High mortality rates associated with lung cancer leaves very few survivors to fight for their cause, and even those fortunate survivors are not in very good health, since most of these survivors are patients who had undergone extensive lung resection.

There is also a stigma associated with lung cancer. Unlike many other types of cancers risk of lung cancer is very much linked with smoking. Many who deal with lung cancer patients and the patient himself think that the disease is the direct result of misbehavior. This fills a feeling of guilt on the lung cancer patients who tend to blame themselves. Also this acts against any fund-raising program aimed at lung cancer where people unconsciously feel that lung cancer is a disease that these patients brought on themselves.

More funding and research are urgently needed for lung cancer. We all have to join our hands to fight this miserable enemy of the human species.

You Can Help Combat Breast Cancer

Thousands of women every year all over the world start the most difficult battle they will ever encounter. These women will spend more time with doctors and in hospitals then most of us spend in an entire lifetime. They endure toxic substances pumped into their bodies on a regular basis in the slim hope it will save their lives. I am speaking of the millions of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed of all cancers in women. There has been much money contributed to research for the cure, but there remain thousands of women who will receive this devastating diagnosis. This disease not only affects the patient herself but her family and friends who will suffer along with her.

A lot of us know someone with breast cancer and know first hand how much pain it causes everyone involved. It is unbelievably difficult to stand by and watch a loved one in so much pain and be helpless to offer any relief. The hopelessness one feels is indescribable as they watch their loved one go through the physical and mental stress inherent in patients with breast cancer.

Most women are naturally fixers. It’s part of their womanly makeup. So, many of us find it difficult to stand back and do nothing when someone we care for is hurting. Unfortunately, we can’t wave our magic wands and make it all better. Since most of us are average people and not scientists or researchers, we’ll never find the cure for cancer. But, we can support those who are searching for answers.

All of us have the ability to make a difference in the lives of women suffering from breast cancer. Donating to cancer research positively impacts efforts to create better drugs and possible cures. With enough funding, leading scientist across the country can devote their time and resources to the cause. Donating is easy and varying. You can support cancer research through monetary donations or by donating your time and talents to the more administrative aspects of fundraising. Of course, some people join Susan G. Koman’s Race for the Cure, others simply send in pink Yoplait lids.

Those who donate money for research are angels. There are other ways to qualify as an angel. Women with breast cancer rack up huge medical bills which can bankrupt their families. If you know someone with breast cancer and want to help, drop off some groceries or lasagna or homemade scones. Ask them what more they need that you can help with and start a neighborhood crusade to make a positive difference to a family on their own block.

Breast cancer affects millions of women and their families. Thankfully, due to all the money and time donated to cancer research, advances have been made in the treatment of breast cancer. Yet, there are still many women who do not survive. I have known two women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. One beat it and inspires many people by telling her story. Sadly, my other friend did not make it. She left behind a beautiful three year old daughter and an amazing husband. She was one of the most amazing women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and I support breast cancer research in honor of her. I strongly encourage others to do the same because I want to put an end to the grief. If we all team together, a permanent cure for breast cancer might be just around the corner.