Breast cancer donations – level 3

22-10-2021 07:00

The pink ribbon is the official symbol of breast cancer awareness, which the US celebrates for a whole month.

Breast cancer in women is nearly 20% of all cancer deaths, second only to lung cancer. However, with almost 575 million dollars, it receives the most government funding in the US. Despite all the funding, private businesses still show pink for an entire month. We see the pink on products at the supermarket, clothing stores, and even football team uniforms.

The focus on women´s bodies encourages buying products, and the pink ribbon is nice and pretty. However, there have been plenty of questionable products and events with no official record of how much money was raised through them. The US government isn´t allowed to demand the charity spend a minimum amount of donations on their programs. So instead of going towards research for treatment or a cure, some donations can go to the pockets of the organization´s board.

Difficult words: funding (money provided by an organization or government for a particular purpose), questionable (doubtful or wrong in some way), donation (a sum of money given to a charity).

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