Military manpower + prostates

The Disparity in Funding

According to a Washington Post article published on August 6, 1996 ("War Between Sexes Rages Over Research: Funds to study prostate, Breast Cancer at Issue " page A 13), during the 4-year period beginning in 1993, the Department of Defense spent $210 million on breast cancer research and about $20 million on prostate cancer research. This led the staff writer, Rick Weiss, to conclude:

"The Department of Defense is used to dealing with wars, but recently it has been drawn into an especially intractable conflict: the war between the sexes. The battle is being waged between advocates for patients with breast cancer and those with prostate cancer, the two leading cancers of women and men, respectively."

The following analysis by the Men's Health Network reveals that during that period, the Department of Defense spent $ 2,375.51 per uniformed female on breast cancer research and only $ 15.67 per uniformed male on prostate cancer research.

Analysis by:
Men's Health Network
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Washington, DC
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September 6, 1996

According to the Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Datacenter:

(The following numbers do not include cadets or retirees according to the Public Inquiry section:)


Total number in uniform:  1,467,892
   female:       191,538  13.05%
   male:       1,276,354  86.95%


 Officers: 234,168
   female:        31,114  13.29%
   male:         203,054  86.71%


 Enlisted:  1,233,724
   female:       160,434  13.0%
   male:       1,073,290  87.0%

Washington Post, August 6, 1996

Department of Defense research expenditures:

1993:
Total:      $ 215,000,000
 Breast:      210,000,000 (2-year budget)
 Prostate:      5,000,000

1994:
Total:     $   30,000,000
 Breast:       25,000,000 (additional)
 Prostate:      5,000,000

1995:
Total:     $ 155,000,000
 Breast:     150,000,000 (2-year budget)
 Prostate:     5,000,000

1996:
Total:     $  75,000,000
 Breast:      70,000,000 (additional)
 Prostate:     5,000,000

1993 through 1996
Total:     $ 475,000,000
 Breast:     455,000,000      95.79%
 Prostate:    20,000,000       4.21%


Total expenditures per uniformed personnel:

Breast: $ 455,000,000 for 191,538 = $ 2,375.51 per uniformed female

PProstate: $ 20,000,000 for 1,276,354 = $ 15.67 per uniformed male


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