Apparently, Breast Cancer is not viewed as a "serious" cancer. All the pink ribbons and midnight walks have turned it from being a life threatening disease with a quarter of patients dying within 10 years to some fluffy bunny "beatable" disease that is not as serious as some other cancers. Really?
It is something we face in the eating disorder world too. Anorexia Nervosa is viewed as the No 1 serious eating disorder. Bulimia and BED are viewed as not so serious. This is all wrong. All eating disorders are lethal and none is more "serious" than others. I think that AN is viewed as the most serious because it is very visible and it is not so "messy" as BN or BED. The general public view AN as "not eating"(showing supreme self control - let's all clap!!!) whilst BN is viewed as "throwing up" and BED (if anyone has ever heard of it!) is viewed as "greed" (showing supreme lack of self control). They all still kill and maim and ruin lives, in terrifying numbers.
MF commented further that maybe we are more "comfortable" with the "plucky survivor" thing. I disagree. Whilst hope is important, it is easily dashed when comparing yourself and your discomfort with those shining beacons, who have beaten all the odds and are now running marathons or countries, sky diving from outer space or sailing single handed to Mars.