Here’s a quick video I shot to explain why I don’t Race for the Cure, buy pink products, wear a Livestrong bracelet, grow a moustache for Movember, Stand up to Cancer, and generally oppose most cancer charities.
When this was first posted on youtube a few people were bothered by the fact that this was shot “while I was driving”.
If you pay close attention you will see that for the first 45 seconds I am stopped at a red light.
And yes, for the next 45 seconds I am driving and talking with my eyes on the road, something that every person who drives a car does, and is a much safer situation than texting or fiddling with the radio. Then for the remaining four minutes I am parked in a parking lot.
Just to be clear, I am not demonizing all cancer charities. So before you get all huffy and puffy defending your favorite charity, please take some time to thoroughly investigate what they actually do with the money you give them. Don’t be influenced by their slick marketing and fund raising propaganda. Cue the earnest celebrity actors, dramatic music, and pictures of bald sickly children poisoned by chemotherapy.
If money raised is going to pharmaceutical drug research, it’s more than likely wasted.
Why do I say that?
Because the cancer death rate has only improved about 5% since 1950.
That’s a whopping 0.083% improvement per year on average.
But what about 5-year survival? Aren’t cancer patients are living longer than ever before?
Not really, 5-year survival has only improved about 5% since 1970.
That’s a 0.166% improvement per year on average. Hey it’s twice as good as the improvement in the death rate, but still embarrassingly pathetic considering the fact that hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent since Nixon declared “War on Cancer”.
If you want to help cancer patients, put some money directly in their hands that they can use to pay for treatments, or to put food on the table, or gas in the car. I guarantee it will not be wasted.
Here are a few cancer charities that I like: