Category Archives: Breast Cancer

Susan G. Komen Foundation Buckles

Yesterday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation cut off funding to Planned Parenthood ostensibly because it is in their set of standards not to give funding to organizations under federal judicial investigation.  Planned Parenthood is under such an investigation.

Just about every liberal group and organization came down hard on the Komen Foundation and they have now reversed their decision and will continue to give money to Planned Parenthood. 

I didn’t know money donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research was funneled anywhere else.  When I found this out, I immediately stopped being a donor or participator in any size, shape, or form.

There’s an interesting article by John McCormack in The Weekly Standard on Feb. 2, 2012: “After Lying About Providing Mammograms, Planned Parenthood Outraged That Breast Cancer Charity Cuts Off Grants“  

Here are some excerpts because I really want you to have clarity:

Last spring, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards went on CNN and claimed that if Congress cut off funding to Planned Parenthood “millions of women are going to lose access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning, you know, mammograms.” But as pro-life activist Lila Rose documented in a video, Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms. [It gives referrals.]

Remember this article was written before the Komen Foundation reversed its decision today…

This story is worth recalling in light of the news this week that the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of the nation’s largest breast cancer charities, has cut off funding (more than $600,000) to Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards wrote that the Foundation’s decision to “end its support of lifesaving breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood health centers comes as a blow to women across America.”

But they don’t provide mammograms.  Everybody is lying.  And whether the Komen Foundation gives its money to Planned Parenthood or not, this amount is not going to hurt Planned Parenthood’s bottom line.  This so-called “non-profit” is worth around $1billion.  They claim only 3% of their services are abortions, but that is very misleading.

There’s another cover article in The Weekly Standard from 2007 titled: “Planned Parenthood’s Unseemly Empire“  by Charlotte Allen which is also worth reading.

One way Planned Parenthood massages the numbers to make its abortion business look trivial is to unbundle its services for purposes of counting. Those 10.1 million different medical procedures in the last fiscal year, for instance, were administered to only 3 million clients. An abortion is invariably preceded by a pregnancy test–a separate service in Planned Parenthood’s reckoning–and is almost always followed at the organization’s clinics by a “going home” packet of contraceptives, which counts as another separate service. Throw in a pelvic exam and a lab test for STDs–you get the picture.

They “bundle it.”  So a person going in for abortion gets all these other things as part of the abortion package and then Planned Parenthood claims abortion is only 3% of their services.  ‘We have all these other things that are happening.’  No, they’re all happening because of the abortion.

Probably the most egregious thing is Planned Parenthood’s looking the other way to statutory rape:

A large number, perhaps a majority, of underage teen pregnancies are not puppy love gone awry, but involve adult men who are significantly older than the pregnant girl. A study published in the journal Family Planning Perspectives in 1992 found that 62 percent of first-time births to teen mothers had been preceded by experiences of molestation, rape, or attempted rape, with the mean male-offender age 27.4 years. The Guttmacher Institute reported in 1995 that more than 40 percent of mothers age 15-17 had sexual partners three to five years older; nearly 20 percent had partners six or more years older.

So in 60% of these pregnancies, the partner was an adult! By the way, the Guttmacher Institute started out as an arm of Planned Parenthood. 

Planned Parenthood’s confidentiality principles can thus run squarely up against laws in every state, typically bearing criminal penalties that require health care workers to report suspected incidents of sexual abuse or statutory rape to law enforcement. In 2002, a Texas-based pro-life group called Life Dynamics launched a sting operation, hiring an actress to call more than 800 abortion clinics nationwide, including many Planned Parenthood clinics. She told the receptionists that she was a 13-year-old girl who needed an abortion, except that her boyfriend was 22 and she didn’t want him to get into trouble. The reported response at 91 percent of the clinics (including Planned Parenthood’s) was: Don’t mention your boyfriend’s age when you come in, and all will be well.

So the Susan G. Komen Foundation obviously siphons off money for all kinds of things like supporting Planned Parenthood, an organization that seems to be okay with statutory rape under the aegis of “protecting children.”  Protecting them from what?  Certainly not adult sexual predators!  It’s despicable how much of your taxpayer money the government uses to subsidize Planned Parenthood which supports this kind of behavior.  And every time they’re caught, they go, “Oh, gee. We didn’t know this was going on.  This is terrible.  We’ll stop it.”

I think it is abysmal the Susan G. Komen Foundation collapsed when types supporting it like Hollywood moguls, Democratic candidates, and liberals with money, all came down hard on them.  Why did they buckle?  Follow the money.  It’s all about the money.  It’s not about principles.  It’s all about the money. 

So a pox on the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  And a continuing pox on Planned Parenthood.

I’m sure all you parents really want your 14 year old daughters to have sex with adult men and get abortions at Planned Parenthood without you knowing.  I’m sure you’re all very excited about that.  I’m sure you’d all go, “I’m for it!”  Well, that’s what you’re subsidizing if you’re giving money to either of those organizations now.  If that’s okay with you, then send your money.

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”  It seems that some women would benefit more than others by becoming more “aware” about this disfiguring and potentially deadly disease.

Jessica Queller is a supervising producer and one of the head writers of the successful CW series “Gossip Girls.”  She has revealed publicly that she had a double mastectomy, even though she doesn’t have breast cancer, and in two years, plans to have her ovaries removed, even though she doesn’t have ovarian cancer.

Ms. Queller, 38, made these decisions after her mother battled breast cancer and then died from ovarian cancer at the age of 60.  Paranoia?  Nope.  It seems that Ms. Queller tested positive for the breast cancer mutation (BRCA1), so she had the mastectomy, followed up by reconstructive surgery.

The facts are that women who test positive for mutations in BRCA1 genes have up to an 87% chance of developing breast cancer, and a 44% risk of ovarian cancer by the age of 70.

Everyone has BRCA genes (both 1 and 2), but only a small percentage of people have the mutated genes:  about 1 in 800 have the mutated BRCA1, and fewer have the mutated BRCA2.  Mutated BRCA genes account for 5-10% of all breast cancers diagnosed in America.

If one parent carries the BRCA mutation, his or her offspring have a 50% chance of inheriting it.  Prophylactic mastectomy (i.e., removing the breasts as a preventative measure) reduces the risk of breast cancer by 90%.

As with other genetic mutation diseases (like Huntington’s), when there is a test for the mutation, do you want to know your fate?  Many vote “No,” and I find that amazing.  I understand the fear that goes along with realizing you are at significantly higher risk or actually have a potentially devastating disease, but knowledge is power and prophylaxis and treatment lower your risk of having the worst come to bear.

Breast cancer is extremely rare in men, but BRCA2 gene changes have been linked to male breast cancer and possibly prostate, pancreatic and colon cancer.  So it’s a good idea for men with family cancer histories also to consider taking the test.

To find doctors who do gene tests, and the counseling that is beneficial, call the cancer information service at the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).  To find a genetic counselor near you, contact the National Society of Genetic Counselors at 312-321-6834 or visit their website at www.nsgc.org.

Certain people have an increased chance of inheriting BRCA1 or 2 gene changes:

* Jewish women whose ancestors came from Eastern Europe, especially if they have parents or siblings with breast or ovarian cancer, or two incidences of such in aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
* If you’re not Jewish, but have significant instances of breast and/or ovarian cancer in your family, you are also at a higher risk of inheriting BRCA1 or BRCA2 changes.

As my dad was descended from Ashkenazi Jews (from Eastern Europe), and my maternal grandmother died of breast cancer, and my sister reported early pre-cancerous signs, I’m getting the genetic test.  I also do yearly mammograms, sonograms, and regular manual checkups.  At each yearly pelvic exam, we include a sonogram assessment of my ovaries, and each year for my regular checkup, I have various cancer marker blood tests done.

I’d rather know if and what I have to fight.

“Women’s Work” SAVES Women’s Lives

Feminism Kills Women: Betty Friedan’s negative view of so-called “women’s work” created a movement that turned family life upside down and wrenched women from their homes. Turns out, women’s work, is the very thing that saves women’s lives!

Research following 200,000 women from nine European countries for an average of over 6 years and 3,423 cases of breast cancer determined that women who exercise by doing the housework can reduce their risk of breast cancer by 30% among the pre-menopausal women and 20% among the post-menopausal women. Continue reading