Not to get too far off here, but breast cancer gets proportionately more public attention than more deadly cancers (I think that breast is 4 or 5 on the list for women and 9 or 10 for men). Like you said, breast cancer has gotten the right people behind it.Even heart disease in women was played down for much too long but now it gets much more attention. But it seems that some diseases get the right people involved in their public health campaigns while others don't. Parkinsons is much more widely known now than it used to be thanks to smart campaigns and more money spent on education. I don't know how diseases like diabetes and Alzheimers can be played down considering the numbers of people they effect. Some of it has to do with public perceptions and misinformation.