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Posted on: Jul 13, 2012 10:54AM

pip57 wrote:

Why Find A Cure When The  Search Is So Darn Lucrative

 http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/meghan-telpner/breast-cancer-fundraising_b_1647681.html

Interesting article that says what a lot of members here have been thinking.  I especially liked it when the author wonders why the food being served is on the list of 'relative risks' for breast cancer.  Hmmmm. 

PIP - multi focal, FEC100/Tax, rads, dble mast with no recon, ooph/hyst, arimidex Dx 2/1/2007, DCIS/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 9/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 13, 2012 02:09PM Blessings2011 wrote:

Excellent article!

My new questions to people caught up in Pinkwashing....

1. Exactly how much of the money you spent on this product/fundraiser/event will go to cancer research, and specifically - to which organization?

2. How are you contributing personally to the fight against breast cancer? Are you donating personally to reputable organizations that fund research?

3. What are you doing personally for people you know who have cancer?

Dx 9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/22/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 9/5/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Jul 13, 2012 02:32PM Stormynyte wrote:

I'm just going to borrow a comment from that article as it says pretty much what I was thinking.

("Early detection, more effective treatments, new drugs, and new procedures, are great for those who choose that path, but with cancer rates only increasing every year, when does the importance start being placed on individual responsibility to own our health and strive to prevent the diseases in the first place? Again, I stress that early detection is not prevention! "

I know of, and have met, plenty of healthy, thin, exercising, non-smoking, breastfeeding etc etc etc women who have had breast cancer. Lots of people are and were taking individual responsibility and still drew the wrong number in the cancer lottery. The statement above kind of hints at blaming cancer patients for their cancer because they didn't eat right or exercise enough, didn't have kids or had a few drinks on the weekend. Believe me when I say we already blame ourselves plenty.)

I hate articles like this. It's my fault I'm not going to make it to 50 because I ate at KFC.  It's my fault because I was on the pill, or because I didn't breast feed.

It's my fault for not working hard enough to prevent it. 

I love the parts condemning the pink washing of it all. I completely agree with making sure your donations are going somewhere that are actually worthy, but the blame me for my cancer part just pisses me off and makes me think badly of the author and the whole article.  

It can't rain forever. Dx 10/28/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 4/11 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 10/31/2011 Surgery 5/16/2012 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/25/2012 AC Chemotherapy 1/27/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 2/19/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel)

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