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Exposing the cancer racket
Seeing Deception is Your Only Protection
The Breast Cancer Awareness Month Story
Sherrill Sellman 2000
When it comes to finding solutions to the many
problems facing our lives, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama's message, "Change only takes place through
action", might very well have been the rallying call
that galvanized the millions of women throughout the
world to support the annual Breast Cancer Awareness
Every October since 1985, pink ribbons are displayed
in posters, magazine advertisements, and proudly
adorn women's lapels heralding Breast Cancer Awareness
Month. The multitudes of runs, hikes, walks, and
other fund raising events raise hundred of millions of
dollars to conquer that dreaded scourge of the modern
woman, breast cancer. High profile companies like
Avon, Lee Denim and Revlon have joined ranks along
with the Susan G. Komen Foundation's "Race for the
Cure" and the City of Hope Hospital's "Walk for
Hope". Popular celebrities lead the charge.
Each year 180,000 women will be diagnosed with breast
cancer and 44,000 will die of the disease. The US has
one of the highest breast cancer rates in the world.
Fifty years ago the incidence of Breast Cancer for a
woman's life time risk was one in twenty. Now it has
skyrocketed to one in eight. Clearly the so-called
war on cancer has not even made a dent in the breast
cancer epidemic as the rates continue to climb at the
rate of one per cent per year.
The motto of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is "Early
Your Best Protection", since the National Cancer
Institute stated in 1995 that "Breast cancer is simply
not a preventable disease". A tune reiterated in 1997
by the American Cancer Society who also announced that
"there are no practical ways to prevent breast cancer
- only early detection." So mammograms are the front
line of defense. Celebrities like Rosie O'Donnell
offer free t-shirts with the honorable words "I've
been Squished" if you'll make a date with your local
So let's all join in and wave our pink ribbons and don
those running shoes and take to the roads, right?
Wait! Before you get swept up by the emotional frenzy
of this call to arms, there is something you should
Breast Cancer Awareness month's primary sponsor and
mastermind of the event in 1985 was Zeneca
Pharmaceuticals, now known as AstraZeneca. Zeneca is
the company that manufactures the controversial and
widely prescribed breast cancer drug, Tamoxifen. Did
you know all TV, radio and print media campaigns are
paid for and must be approved by Zeneca.
It is less known that Zeneca also makes herbicides and
fungicides. One of their products, the organochlorine
pesticide Acetochlor, is implicated as a causal factor
in breast cancer. It's Perry, Ohio chemical plant is
the third largest source of potential cancer-causing
pollution in the U.S., spewing 53,000 pounds of
recognized carcinogens into the air in 1996.
When it comes to environmental toxicity and
carcinogens found in pesticides, herbicides, plastics
and other toxic chemicals that are known to cause
cancer - especially breast cancer - there is booming
silence by all Breast Cancer Awareness Month programs.
Did the alarming increase of breast cancer rates just
mysteriously happen? Or, perhaps, the focus on the
cure has conveniently ignored the cause? After all,
it wouldn't really be good PR for Zeneca to have it
known that their chemical products directly contribute
to the breast cancer epidemic.
Many experts predicted as far back as 30 years ago
that cancer rates would increase, citing an explosion
of synthetic chemicals. From 1940 through the early
1980's production of synthetic chemicals increased by
a factor of 350. Billions of tons of toxic substances
that never existed are now released into the
environment. Yet only 3 percent of the 75,000
chemicals in use have been tested for safety. These
toxic time bombs are found in our water, air and
soil. Women who live near toxic waste dumps have 6.5
times the incidence of breast cancer.
A survey conducted by Dr. Mary Wolff of Mt. Sinai
Hospital, New York found that women with breast
cancer had four times the levels of DDE found in
non-carcinogenic tumors. Also, another study
investigated why upper class women in the community
of Newton, Massachusetts had higher breast cancer
rates than the lower economic women. The researchers
attributed the increase to greater use of
professional lawn care service and more dry cleaning.
The pesticide - breast cancer link was stunningly
highlighted in research from Israel which linked three
organochlorine pesticides detected in dairy products
to an increase of 12 types of cancer in 10 different
strains of mice. After public outcry in 1978 the
Israeli government was forced to ban the pesticides
Benzene Hexachloride, DDT, and Lindane.
Interestingly, breast cancer mortality rates, which
had increased every year for 25 years, dropped nearly
8 per cent for all age groups, and dropped more than a
thirty three percent for women ages 25-34 in 1986.
The American Cancer Society was founded with the
support of the
Rockefeller family in 1913. Members of the chemical
and pharmaceutical industry have long had a place on
its board. Could that have something to do with the
fact that the American Cancer Society's latest report
on cancer prevention makes no mention of environmental
Perhaps we can forgive Zeneca's involvement with
carcinogenic chemicals, since it researched and
patented the most popular breast cancer treatment,
Tamoxifen, which grosses 500 million dollars a year.
Perhaps not. On May 16, 2000 the New York Times
reported that the National Institute for Environmental
Health Sciences listed substances that are known to
Tamoxifen was included in that list!!
It is known that Tamoxifen causes uterine cancer,
liver cancer and gastro-intestinal cancer. After just
two to three years of use, Tamoxifen will increase the
incidence of uterine cancer by two to three times.
The treatment for uterine cancer is a hysterectomy.
In addition, Tamoxifen increased the risk of strokes,
blood clots, eye damage, menopausal symptoms, and
The biggest shock of all is the fact that Tamoxifen
will increase the risk of breast cancer!
The journal Science published a study from Duke
University Medical Center in 1999 showing that after 2
- 5 years, Tamoxifen actually initiated the growth of
So, Zeneca, the originator of Breast Cancer Awareness
month is the manufacturer of carcinogenic
petrochemicals, carcinogenic pollutants and a breast
cancer drug that causes at least four different types
of cancer in women, including breast cancer. I ask
you to stop and think,
"Is something wrong with this picture?"
So, since the Breast Cancer Awareness Month spin
that breast cancer is "simply not a preventable
disease", the focus has shifted to the theme of early
detection. Women are now encouraged to get their
early mammogram. At one time, only women 50 years or
older were told to get this screening. Now the
campaign is targeting 40 year olds and even women as
young as 25.
However, detecting breast cancer with mammography does
not protect women from breast cancer. More questions
are being raised about the validity of mammograms. A
mammogram is an , x-ray. The only acknowledged cause
of cancer by the American Cancer Society is from
radiation. When it comes to radiation, there is no
safe level of exposure.
"There is clear evidence that the breast, particularly
in premenopausal women, is highly sensitive to
radiation, with estimates of increased risk of up to
one percent for every RAD (radiation absorbed dose)
unit of x-ray exposure. Even for low dosage exposure
of two RADs or less, this exposure can add up quickly
for women having an annual mammography," notes Samuel
Epstein, M.D., Professor of Occupational and
Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois
School of Public Health.
"More recent concern comes from evidence that one
percent of women, or over one million women in the
United States alone, carry a gene that increases their
breast cancer risk from radiation fourfold."
In addition, mammography provides false tumor reports
of between 5 and 15 percent of the time. False
positive results cause women to be re-exposed to
additional X rays and create an environment of further
stress, even possibly leading to unneeded surgery.
"Furthermore," says Dr. Epstein, "while there is a
general consensus that mammography improves early
cancer detection and survival in post-menopausal
women, no such benefit is demonstrable for younger
women." Still, the American Cancer Society recommends
annual or biannual mammography for all women ages
forty to fifty-five or earlier.
"Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast
cancer and raise the risk of spreading or
metastasizing an existing growth," says Dr. Charles B.
Simone, a former clinical associate in immunology and
pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute. Safer
and even more effective diagnostic techniques like
infrared thermography have been vigorously attacked
by the Breast Cancer Awareness organizations. It is
also noteworthy to point out that General Electric, a
major polluter in PCB's in the Hudson River, N.Y.
area, manufactures mammography machines.
So all the hullabaloo that comes each October,
enlisting women's support and hard-earned cash, does
nothing to really eliminate the cause of this
devastating disease. Instead, women's heart-felt
desires and good intentions to find the cause and cure
are usurped by the hidden agendas of major
transnational corporations pushing their toxic drug
treatments and diagnostic tools that show to
contribute to even more breast cancer. It makes one
wonder if the cancer establishment is really
interested in a cure at all.
Women can make a difference. The causes of cancer
are already known.
Toxic diets, toxic lifestyles, toxic environments,
toxic drug treatments and toxic diagnostic techniques
Corporations are only interested in increasing their
profits and ensuring their tentacles of control, not
in actual solutions.
When it comes to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women
their time and money into projects, initiatives and
treatments that will truly make a difference.
Perhaps it is time to return those pink ribbons!