As we all know, for we’re told it often enough, we live in a patriarchy. All the power belongs to men, all the money is spent upon male interests, women hardly get a look in and, obviously, we must smash capitalism to correct this dreadful state of affairs.
Then Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, dreadfully misunderstands his genetic test for a propensity to prostate cancer. Giving us this very revealing little point:
The NHS normally only provides PSA blood tests – which can show an increased risk of prostate cancer – from the age of 50, if requested, or from the age of 45 when there is a family history of disease. There is no NHS screening programme for prostate cancer.
Hmm. So, breast cancer screening has every woman in the country egged into passing her mammaries through a roller on a triannual basis for a significant portion of her life. Vast sums are spent upon this screening. Breast cancer incidence is:
There are around 54,900 new breast cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s around 150 every day (2013-2015).
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 15% of all new cancer cases (2015).
In males in the UK, breast cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 370 new cases in 2015.
In females in the UK, breast cancer is the most common cancer, with around 54,800 new cases in 2015.
There is no general, as above, prostate cancer screening process on the NHS. Yet incidence is:
There are around 47,700 new prostate cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s around 130 every day (2013-2015).
In males in the UK, prostate cancer is the most common cancer, with around 47,200 new cases in 2015.
Prostate cancer accounts for 26% of all new cancer cases in males in the UK (2015).
Note that that’s a considerable underestimate of prostate cancer incidence. Of men who live more than their three score and ten the incidence is perhaps 50% of all. It’s that it doesn’t particularly cause a problem, they die of something else before it does. It’s also because there’s not that screening program to find all cases of it.
So, given the different attention paid to a largely female cancer and an entirely male one (women don’t have prostates, it’s rather a definitional thing whatever trans activists say) we live in a matriarchy or a patriarchy? You know, as Deep Throat said – now an equal opportunity across gender activity we’re told – follow the money?