From The New York Times, August 25: Marlene Wrightsman, a registered nurse, takes time for her annual mammograms. On October 23, 2006, she was diagnosed with cancer. Wrightsman was placed on the fast conveyor belt: Her small, non-palpable tumor was removed less than 10 days after it was discovered, followed by chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments. She is an advocate for annual mammograms.
COMMENT: I am happy to report that, according to the article, Ms. Wrightsman joined the ranks of the breast cancer survivors.
Notably, the speed of her treatment demonstrates how positive mammograms are treated like five-alarm fires, hurrying patients through the protocols as though they were hemorrhaging to death. Truth is, her cancer had been growing for many years — possibly as many as seven years — before the anatomical changes were detected on her mammogram.
While early detection of cancer can improve survival, we have lost our demand for finding the cause. In its place, we eagerly walk, run and raise money for The Cure. In a list of the top 15 drugs used in clinics in 2006, 12 of them are chemotherapy agents, topping more than $118 million in drug company revenues…and this is not an all-inclusive list. This is the industry’s idea of Finding the Cure; they have no interest in the Cure. That would mean a significant loss of market share and revenues. Women really need to grasp the reality of that.
We must do better: We must demand identification and elimination of the Cause.
Science has identified more than 200 chemicals that accumulate in breast tissue; many are known carcinogens. We must demand research dollars be spent developing detoxification methods, measuring the true effect infrared saunas, acupuncture and detoxing baths. The Cancer Industry won’t fund anything like this. It will have to be a non-profit that is truly interested in preventing the tragedy of breast cancer.
Women need to demand prevention, not The Cure. We have to stop being satisfied with “finding it early.” We need to redefine the meaning of early detection.
Thermography: Redefining the Meaning of Early Detection