Rethink Pink October Breast Cancer Mammogram

 Rethink Pink October Breast Cancer Month – A Closer Look at Screening Mammography

A bombshell article appeared in October 2009 JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) questioning mammography breast cancer screening. (1)  Dr. Laura Esserman reviewed 20 years of data and concludes that screening the population for breast cancer has significant drawbacks.  The expected survival benefits have not materialized.  She says that it is true that early stage breast cancer has decreased due to mammography, however, the data shows no decrease in the advanced, “killer” cancers.  Overall mortality rates from breast cancer have declined slightly; however, Dr Esserman attributes this to better treatment rather than to screening mammography.   (more…)

No More “Pinkwashing”! Support an Integrative Approach to Breast Cancer

promise-meIncreasingly, breast cancer fundraising means playing ball with companies whose products actually cause cancer.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formerly known as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, is the largest and most heavily funded breast cancer organization in the US. (Last year alone it took in about $420 million.) (more…)

The Dark Side of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Sayer Ji

AstraZeneca, manufacturer of the blockbuster breast cancer drugs Arimidex and Tamoxifen, founded the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985 in order to promote the widespread adoption of x-ray mammography.1  While the increase in routine screenings has resulted in soaring breast cancer diagnoses, rates of invasive breast cancer have actually INCREASED in certain populations.2  Also, a new study and editorial published in the New Englad Journal of Medicine indicates that x-ray mammography screening may “save” only 1 person for every 2,500 screened. Among the 2,500 screened at least 1,000 will have a false alarm, 500 would undergo an unnecessary biopsy and 5 or more would become treated for abnormal finds that would never become lethal.  X-ray mammography may be far more effective at generating increased numbers of breast cancer diagnoses than in “preventing” malignancy and mortality associated with the disease. (more…)