Saturday, February 11, 2012

Susan G Komen for the Cure and Cancer, contd.

The very organization getting publicity all these years for fighting breast cancer has a role in causing it, and actively conceals critical information about the sources of cancer from women, according to a report by Douglas A Berg that I posted directly below this one. Others have been criticizing the Susan G Komen foundation for concentrating on a cure and not on prevention.

Now Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez writes in Common Dreams about the relationship between toxins in our environment and "skyrocketing" cancer rates. After the first few self serving paragraphs ("I've never done a Walk for the Cure..." and so on,) she recommends turning in your pink ribbons for green ones. Stop pouring cancer causing poisons into the environment, she says.

Of course, if you're a Republican and think government should get even further off the backs of business than it has after 30 years of deregulation, and of defunding and depopulating those government agencies that enforce regulations, just make sure you have good health insurance.

Finally, I ask that, if several times more women die each year from lung cancer than from breast cancer, as I heard in a podcast even before the controversy caused by the Komen foundation defunding Planned Parenthood, why are there not walks to cure lung cancer?

As the Centers for Disease Control says on its web site, lung cancer is the most fatal kind of cancer. The CDC notes: "Among both men and women in the United States, lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer, accounting for more deaths than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer combined." 

So why are the Komen group, and the rest of us, obsessed with breast cancer?

Is it sexual? Can we blame our fetish for the female breast, embedded in our psyches by everything from Playboy magazine to Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders bending over and wagging them for the camera, and manifested in an epidemic of breast augmentation and implants?

Or is it that lung cancer deaths are concentrated in the lower levels of the socioeconomic order?

It's them. The invisible poor, and the brown people and the black people.

Yes, that could be the reason. Lung cancer is their problem, not ours.


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