Thursday, May 31, 2012

Circle of Hope

New location: 314 W. Superior Street, #610
Duluth, MN 55804
Telephone number: 218.464.1626

You can also call: 1.218.525.1905, Peggy Anderson's home phone number.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Races In August

We are searching for a couple of breast cancer survivors for our dragon boat teams, not too many. Our teams are The Many Faces of Breast Cancer Teams I and II. Team II has a couple of openings. There are two practices and then the actual race day. We are located out of Superior, Wisconsin for this event. Contact Peggy at:
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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Mayo Clinic Bio Bank

I decided a few years back to be part of the 20,000 bio bank participants at the Mayo Clinic. They have 57% female and 43% male participation.

Every once in awhile I get a newsletter on it. They use your blood as they determine for various studies. Sometimes you are asked to come down and give more blood for the Bio bank.

You will not know if you are involved in the study unless they find something. You may drop out at anytime. I beleive you must be a Mayo Clinic patient. (E-mail)
Mayo clinic
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905

What is Your Risk Factor for Osteoporosis?

Some of us get pre-osteoporosis and others have full blown osteoporosis.

Armidex is a drug that prevents cancer to a point but weakens your bones. Some patients have bone infusions, take calcium pills and vitamin D pills (if necessary after being checked).

This past year I had a calcium pill stuck in my mouth. I couldn't eat for a week, lost 10 pounds of air fat. What's air fat? Beats the heck out of me. It burned so bad. There was an important lesson that I learned here: take your calcium pills in the morning after you have really hydrated your throat. I have a restricted esophagus as well as airway.

What are your risk factors for osteoporosis?
-a family history of this disease
-family history of a hip fracture
-family history of a spine fracture
-certain medications cause weakening of the bones as Armidex
-1 or more broken bones in the past (that's me)
-a diet low in calcium
-a diet low in vitamin D
-certain diseases cause bone loss
-drinking too much alcohol (3 drinks per day
-thin or small frame
-your age can put you at risk
-being Caucasian
-being Asian
-having an inactive lifestyle
-being female
-men can get this disease as well

Safe Cosmetics, What's Safe?

We have to do something in this country with girls who think they need to look beautiful with make up. Young girls and women buy way too much. There are dangerous chemicals in make up.

I grew up in a generation when no make up was beautiful. We couldn't even afford it.

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BPA-Are We at Risk? Are We Poisoning Our Families?

BPA or bis-phenol A is in canned foods. (The cans themselves.) Just think of the number of canned foods used at Thanksgiving.

There was an innovative study published by Environmental Health Perspectives in March of 2011. It showed that a diet free of canned and plastic packaged foods resulted in a 66% drop in BPA levels in humans who participated in the study. A small pilot study was done at Silent Spring Institute.

It seems that baby bottles and sippy cups can also have BPA in then. Are we poisoning our family?

Source: The Breast Cancer Fund

Hope CD Gives Hope

Circle of Hope has this wonderful CD for sale for only $10.00, if you live in the United States it can be shipped for another $5.00. There are 12 songs on their by 9 musicians.

The songs are by local musicians:

Welcome To Duluth by James Moors

The Morning Sun by Andy Elwell

Sandcastles by Josh Revak

By Breath by Sara Thomsen

Begin Where Ever You Are by Kim Storm

Sing Out by Rachael Kilgour

Holy Angels by Sara Thomsen

New Tapestry by Jane Aas

Sistine Chapel by Bill/Kate Isles

Empty Boots by Josh Revak

Circle of Hope by Kim Storm

God Bless the Homeless by Peter Provost

Circle of Hope

Circle of Hope serves northern MN and northern Wisconsin. We provide payments for breast cancer treatment bills called block grants. The money is based on financial distress including poverty. If you look at our link on our website you will find out more information.

1 in 17 Women Globally Will Get Breast Cancer

1 in 17 women will get breast cancer globally in the world during their lifetime

The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown. Prevention is difficult at best. We should look at how society and toxins have affected our health, try going to toward our ancestors way of life in some retrospect.

In our country 1 in 8 women are at risk for breast cancer in their lifetime.

Just think prostate cancer is the most common disease of men, 1 in 6 men get prostate cancer. This year and last I know of at least 3 men in their 30's with prostate cancer. Know your family risk. Look at toxins.

Alcohol and Breast Cancer Link

This information comes from Carolyn Schaatz, Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch.

In her article she states that a drink a day may be too much. A team of Harvard-affiliated researchers tracked the health of 106,00 women over a period of 28 years. The women were asked questions many times about their diets, drinking habits and much more. The women who had the equivalent of 3-6 drinks a week had a modest increase in breast cancer risk (15%), which would be 3 new cases per 1,000 women per year. The greater the alcohol consumption, the great the risk for developing breast cancer. (Two drinks a day would mean there would be 4 cases of breast cancer per 1,000 women.) The results were published last year in JAMA (2011).

The risks of benefits of alcohol were calculated for large groups of women. If you are at risk for heart disease, you may find alcohol beneficial, if you are at low risk for breast cancer. The problem is we don't know what causes most cases of breast cancer. (There are 36 types of breast cancer. 5-10% have some genetic basis , 2% are BRCA I and BRACA 2.-My comments.)

Stopping Hormone Therapy

Science Daily came out with an article on February 28, 2012 in which they found women who stopped hormone therapy had lower rates of breast cancer. This supports the hypothesis that stopping hormones can lead to tumor regression as published in Cancer Epidemiology, Bio-markers & Prevention.

This first ever study was one that looked at screening mammography use among individual women by their hormone therapy status that was linked to a breast cancer diagnosis according to senior investigator, Diane S.M. Buist, PhD, at Group Health Research Institute.

They found that the rates in screening mammography didn't explain the declines in rates of invasive breast cancer among women who've stopped using hormone therapy.

This study was done on women who had no prior history of breast cancer over a period of 3.3 years, women ages 50-79 years of age, and there were 741,681 women involved in this study.

The National Cancer Institute, which supports the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, funded this study. This study was supported by several state public health departments and registries across the United States.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To Be Healthy or To Not Be Healthy

We need to exercise 5 x's per week and sweat each time. Obesity increases one's risk of getting breast cancer and recurrence. I think this is especially true in the hormal cancers. Excessive fat in the abdominal walls, fat turns into estrogen, that's why.

Breast cancer is a diabolic condition.

Various Cancers and Where They Go

Triple Negative can be luminal like and not basal. We need better markers to diagnosis it and I remember negative PR, ER and one other. How do they treat the mother ship?

Triple negative can go to the liver, where as Her2 can go to the brain and luminal can go to the bones and lymph node. Lobular goes to the GI tract.

Tamoxifen, Armidex

I remember writing a paper on the carry over affect of Tamoxifen after 5 years of treatment. I am hoping we will soon find out about Armidex. I am on the 7 year plan.

I remember someone I know being on Tamoxifen for 10 years. She just kept re-filling her prescription.

I remember that there is a 2-6% reduction in recurrence with Armidex versus Tamoxifen.

I remember them saying that in Eurpope they give shots with Tamoxifen. Was it called Goserlin?

Tamoxifen is usually given to pre-menstrual women and Armidex post menstrual women. there are risks like stroke, endometrial cancer, DVT with Tamoxifen.

Armidex is called Anastrozole and Femare or Letrozoel, and they are considered steroidial. Tere is also the Aromasin or Exemstane that is steroidale. I may of spelled these wrong. It's a wild and crazy day.

One block adrenal glands, one blocks estrogen. Who married who?

Armidex does have an effect on osteoporsis and musculoskeltal sydrome at a cost. I know I have to take calcium, vitamin D3 and have infusions once a year for my bones. I need a Dexa Scan next year.

All AI can effect your bone density and this should be checked every two years. You need extra calcium, weight lifting exercises, and possibly an IV as Zometa or Reclasp. I have done Reclasp the last two years. Zometa is very potent. I have a friend taking it a lot but she has bone cancer.

Who is testing people for high levels of estriodal?

What is this NCIC6 MA.27?

Breast Cancer Products, BC Types, Gene Express

Cause marketing is a hype. There is so much expoitation of breast cancer products and people making money off of the word breast cancer. We need to end the hype. The burder of breast cancer is huge in this country. Funding needs to be changed. We need real progress.

Hopefully the collaboration of educated advocates will take place.

We have had the clinical trial of the lymph nodes. z11 was asimilar study. There is greater morbility with the auxillary disection of all those lymph nodes. Add the radiation on the heart side and you have problems.

Then there is the Z1071 chemo treatment study.

Reducing morbity and all the complications is important.

There is tumor geno-typing.

What genes can you turn off and turn offf? Can technology unlock those genes?

Dr. Sara H from UCLA is doing genotyping analysis. I guess 28% is breast.
Cancer is a number 1 killer and 15% of all types of cancer.

Can there be a marriage between treatments? Should the most toxic be used?

There is some systemic IK microscope metastis pills? What's that?

Any how she teaches about the origin of the organ, the infiltrating ductal cancer, the mucinous/colloid type, the metasplastic, tubular, medullary, micropapillary, and that adenoid cystic is 5% of the breast cancers.

We learned that there are different types of gene expressions: basal like, Her2, luminal A, low proliferal and the highest cancer of being hormonal driven.

There is sure a lot to be gleaned on all the chemo types, microarray analysis an even heat map generation.

New Ideas

We shouldn't criticize new ideas for treating breast cancer. Not everything is a dumb ass idea. There are many ideas that may be the cure all that have fallen by the way side. Think before you react for at least 24 hours. Hopefully we can find some kick ass ideas.

Don't throw the bath water out right away. Don't scap ideas until you have done your home work.

Throw the net out and see what you can find.

Funding decisions need to be based on the best ideas and it will be survival of the fittest.

There is such a need for low income folks to be in clincal trials.

There needs to be transparency in all procedures, treatments, clinical trials.

There are lots of evil doers trying to make a buck. We don't need the bad actions but the good actors that will really help find a cure for all women with breast cancer or specific kinds I should say.

Hopefully a vaccine will be found.

We need prescriptive funding that supports important research.

How are Luminal Cancers Usually Treated? Hormonal, Her2, Triple Negative

It sounds like luminal cancers are usually treated with surgery and radiation.

Did you know that 60-65% of cancers are hormonal positive? estrogen, progesterone-Hormone blockers are used and it is usually estrogen blockers. We don't hear a lot about progesterone blockers. I don't know why.

Did you know that 20-25% of cancers are Her2 positive? Herceptine is the treatment for this kind of cancer. Dennis S. developed this treatment.

Did you know that 15-18% of cancers are Triple Negative? Many cases are with African American women. They are trying to find treatments that save women's lives from this kind of cancer.

Monday, May 09, 2011

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To Survive or To Not Survive

Lots of money has been dumped into breast cancer research. Years ago stage 4 patients didn't survive. I know a couple that have survived more than 20 years.

We still need to know how genes are expressed, all the types of breast cancer (There are many), more about triple negative, and more on customized or personalized therapies.

There is just a small about of research on metastsis and what causes it. World wide it is a problem.

Is there a way to share all this research in one location through collaboration?

Is there a way to see te transparency on this research? This is a goal.

One man's junk is another man's treasures, something that one researcher may of sluffed off may be the answer.

Did you know that Egyptians 4,000 years ago used chemo? Pretty amazing.

Did you know that tumor cells have seeded cells before cancer is diagnoised?

Did you know that metasatic cancer is controllable disease?

There is such a high cost to breast cancer in this country that they need to learn the cost and risk benefit that is driving drugs, diagnosis and treatment costs up. What is preventable? What is affordable?

What have we learned and have not translated into important inforamtion? What's behind the disconnect?

We have learned about HER-2. Why can't we learn more about other treatments that work?

Did you know that there are 53 receptor types or kinases?

Why do we not hear the terminology basal light breast cancer? There should be more disucssion on triple negative breast cancer?

There was an article in the New York Times Achives about we fought cancer and cancer won. One should look it up. We have made progress, kept women from dying or living a few months longer. We are actually doing better with other diseases.
Cancer mortality has only decreased by 5%. That's sad.

What's the ra, ra for? The reality is that we have a 5 year survival rate that isn't really a survival rate for many women who get recurrences and die of it. Rah Emanuel once said that you should never let a survivors crisis go to waste. In our town we have a person telling young girls they might great breast cancer. Is this the message you want your daughter to hear when the changes of getting breast cancer udner 40 are 1 in 227?

Then there are those that tell us exercise, eat your veggies, lose weight and you won't get breast cancer. I wish it was that simple.

Cells make mistakes, cells and tissue duplicate as we age. Cancer is complex.

Breast Cancer is big busiess. It is a profit.

Old ideas need to be looked at.

Wm.Reed wrote "Barriers to Breakthroughs." It would be worth reading.

We need to hear a little more about luminal a cancers or that terminology.

Hope is effective and less toxic. There are therapeutic approaches.

Recurrence, Dr. Berstein, Cell Death

Up to 22 years after treatment 1/3 of breast cancer cells are circulating tumor cells without any evidence of disease.

Does cancer actively modulate a host immunity, one wonders?

Dr. Bertstein talked about our breast cancer risk, stage, grading of tumor, histology, hormone receptor status, HER-2, and other tumor markers.

I can't help but think about the pathologist who initally gave me the wrong diagnosis stage and then the wrong HER-2 score. Should he be telling women how to read their pathogy reports when he can't read his own?

There is cell death or apostosis. What causes cells to die?

There are ways to reduce the blood vessels grown from formation or antiangiogensis.

Laura Nickolaides, NBCC and Much More

She spoke about innoation being the key to something new, changing the thought process and conversation in this country. Breast Cancer is big business and people are making money from it in this country, our cities, and our very own town.

She talked about breast cancer biopsy devises as the mammotome, needle biopsy that cost under $200 million in 2009. Yes, that was the companies revuene.

She talked about 3 D mammography and the FDA approving it in 2011. It may decline the rate of false positives but at a cost of increased radiation, increased cost of mammography. There is a demand for this at the cost of 6.9 million.

Then there was the drug Avastin, the first anti-angiogensis to stop the growth of blood vessels. The side effects were fatal. NBCC was involved with the early trials. In our city I know 2 people who died from it. Avastin cost 9.23 billion dollars. Is that lost money? It is used with other cancers. The FDA hearings are this summer to withdraw it.

Innovation is change, and it is not always easy to get innovation. WE need to increase over all survival, decrease the incident rate. Innovation can change lives, but it is not for the faint at heart. Think about the tea party people, they are innovative.

Industrializion and not testing chemicals puts us at a higher risk. Did you know that there are 216 mammary carcinogens?

Remember the Rhode Island Study on prior exposure of PAH?

There is a window of suscepedibility when chemical reactions can effect women. We are better safe than sorry. Chemicals are considered innocent until proven guilty. We need to have all chemicals tested.

Women need strong immune systems to change the soil of cancer. We don't want metastis. Strong immune sytems help the cancer from spreading, growing, seeding or whatever you want to call it.

We hear talk about these regulartory, T-Cells.

There is talk about a preventative and therapeutic vaccine to prevent breast cancer. First we want a preventative one.

Then there is talk about the BC antigens, self antigens, cancer specific antigens.

There is talk about the Artmeis Project, secondary prevention.

What will be the innovation for change in breast cancer in this country? Well Yoga Bear once said, if you don't know where you are going, you may end up somewhere else. Right Boo Boo?

Ending Breast Cancer Through Advocacy

Each year when I go to DC for The National Breast Cancer Coalition, I get inspired. I think about the DOD, Departmemt of Defense Breast Cancer program and all that it has done in this country. I think about Fran Visco,a true leader. There's Dr. Love, who rocks the dock, Dr. Dennis Salmen who invented Herceptin, and so many more. Each year they talk about the science of breast cancer, treatments that are evidence based, the education, the urgency as women we know die.

I think about Clinton's comment about it being almost impossible to say no to Fran.

Are you with us?

Fran talked about the reality of breast cancer at al levels and ending it on Jan. 1, 2020. She talked about being part of the movement, changing the conversation. Fran said failure is not an option, how important it is to get money in the right place.

Then there is the luncheon and Kathy Bonner talks about the Buzz, Hope to Believe, from treatment to ending breast cancer in this country. We are inspired.

Women are not paid as much as men. There is the raising of the sailency to challenge the status quo. We can no longer be couch potatoes. WE need to speak out, dream the unspeakable. Go from hopelessness to action, change the conversation on a prevention for breast cancer in this country.

An example given was that of NIH's brain research probject and how children learned early. It can be done, if we change the conversation in this country.

Look at all the billions and trillions of people who live on this earth. We need to invest in girls.

Can we challenge the system, change the system? Can we end this suffage?

Then my thoughts fade out with the song "Down and In Trouble" or the song, "Mission Impossible."

Dodge Motors, Gary Johnson added the logo on his racing cars and gave NBCC $35,000.0 Pretty amazing.

Health Through Pills

Can we be healthier through pills or diet? Some people don't eat well balanced meals. Recently I was talking to my doctor about some vegetable pills I was taking and she said if you would just eat more fiber I wouldn't have to take those pills. I am having troubles because of the side effects from a prescription that is new in my diet.

Diet is an illusive factor. WE take something to counter act something else.

We need a good immune systems.

Our nutritional energy needs to be balanced.

We need to be normal weight and physically active.

We need to maintain a healthy life style.

There is so much to maintain. It use to be that people worked hard and played hard years ago. In fact, they just plain worked hard. Today it is more play than physical work.

We have to have our C-Reactive protein monitored. We need to not have inflammation in our body, so we don't get cancers or other diseases.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Care About Breast Cancer, Challenge The Status Quo

Care about breast cancer as so many women who have lost their lives. They are depending on change. Hope is given up. Change is what we have left. The shadows of giants are there. WE need to go beyond our expections. There are too many over arching issues on the breast cancer path. There are strategies that can help to end breast cancer. This is a revolution for those who have died and those who will die. We need CHANGE. We need to change the systems of health care.

A revolution is one that is bold, it grows, it changes systems.

What has NBCC done? They have raised 2.5 million dollars for research for major medical centers to date. They have stated that screening without treatment doesn't work and patients do receive treatment. They pushed screening into law. They brought peer reivews to the table and lead training occured. They brought Herceptin about which is a targeted therapy by funding Dr. Dennis Salmen's work, a strong supporter of NBCC, and they brought clinical trials to the table.

They want to end breast cancer, end their organization. We have not made signigifant progress. In 1975 1-in 11 women got breast cancer; today 1 in 8 women get breast cancer and that is at least 50% greater.

In 2010 261,000 were diagnoised with breast cancer and 970 were men.

Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. 39,820 women, 390
men have breast cancer.

110 women die of breast cancer every 14 minutes in the United States.

Knowledge is not the same as biology. We do not have a cure. Sure we have gone from mastectomy to lumpectomies and to less lymph node surgery.

There are still women who need access to health care.

Did you know that there are 830 breast cancer resolutions that have gone into Congress and that 53 have become reality or seen the light of day?

The goal is to end breast cancer by making the right decisions, having the right reactions. A deadline has been declared. The war on cancer has failed. We need to inpire a decade of unparralled change; we need to change the conversation.

Where should our focus be? Primary prevention, causes and prevention of metastatis. There are 2 Summits on this topic. The vaccine to prevent breast cancer and the government deadline. We need to change the conversation from mammograms to ending disease, from mammogram wars to really ending breast cancer.

What will be the plan of action? Will it be a change in advocacy?

There needs to be a paradigm shift, a change in the conversation.

We have lacked a vision; we know have it. We need more will power. We need accountability in this country. We need to go from awareness to action, from screening to prevention.

40,000 women (some men) will die of breast cancer this year. Losses and deaths are not acceptable. We can no longer do business as usual. We're in it, be with it. Target what needs to be done. Change your mind, train your brain. We need to take we know, research what we need to know and end breast cancer in this country.

Dr. Susan Love, Love Her

Dr. Susan Love is full of humor and makes everything she statesreal. She talked about high dose chemo with stem cells. She talked about how chemo causes leukemia, heart disease, and the patient just keep paddling to stay alive. Some people have our own terriorists growing in our body. The rumble goes on in the body day aft day. The gang tries to take over.

She talked about how there are more core biopsies than open biopsies. They are 90% benign, so we are doing way too many biopsies. Some of these biopsies may be setting women up for breast cancer later in life by effecting the fabric of the tapestry.

Surgery can also spread the cancer to a very aggressive neighbhood.

She discussed targed therapy and that one therapy does it all or does it?

We have found that out as 40,000 women die in this country of breast cancer each year.

They have found that life style can alter ones outcome. Should one drink? Smoke? Eat poorly? Not exercise? Surround themselves with chemicals?

There is a drug called Metformin that is used for diabetes. It is used to prevent diabetes and has anti-inflammatory properties.

More treatments are not better.

The medical community is not that innovated; they are not the first to change. They surcume under public pressure.

Soy has been tested in rats and mice to prevent cancer. Are we rats and mice?

It used to be wear pink, walk, run. That is no longer okay. It won't do anything. Lots of money has been spent with no outcome. Fewer are benefiting.

Who will respond to toxic treatments? Whose life will be saved?

NEA funds research that is already alomost done. They don't fund stuff that doesn't work. It's bad business for them.

Are we researching the same pathways?

The culture of science needs to change big time.

How can we change the paridigm, the culture? Changes that will affect future generations....

She talked about the Army of Women, the study on survivors who have lived and beat all odds. I sure have known some. What did they do that was difference?

I don't know what she meant when she said, Kiss 1 causes cells to sit and they don't grown. I know it wasn't a band.

Love talked about stockerholders that don't want companies that spend money on risky things.

Do we need to board a mouse at the cost of $1.50 per day to test him or her?

We need to bring our eyes to the problem.

A difference in a dose can determine if you helped or hurt the patient. How many oncologists struggle with this each day?

Personalized medicine, how do we get there?

Safety, is it defined to the patient receiving treatments?

Where the blueberry studies done on pigs and not humans?

Metabiters are those who have survived metastic disease.

The C word has gone to the M word.

We are giving up hope, as it isn't working. In 1991 117 died of breast cancer each day. Today 110 die of it every day. There has been no signifigant progress in 20 years. 1 in 11 got breast cancer and know it is 1-8 who get breast cancer. Yes breast cancer has increased.

Jan. 1, 2020, we want an end to breast cancer. We are on the clock with NBCC. This is a committment. Together we can make it happen.

Show your passion, speak out.

Shirley Brown

Shirley Brown spoke at the National Breast Cancer Coalition Conference, and she talked about an End and Cure to Breast Cancer. There are 240,00 diagnoised with breast cancer and 40,000 who die of it. World wide she said 4 million women are diagnoised with breast cancer and 700,000 will die of it.

She told how we need collaboration, innovation, boldness. It is important to believe this. She talked about how we won't end breast cancer if we keep doing the same old thing.

We must act, make it happen, have a deadline, feel the urgency.
We cannot be distracted from keeping our eye on the prize, ending breast cancer.

Shirley talked about the problem of getting a sufficient pool of research participants.

She talked about the radial disease that needed a radical approach,more tratment, more aggressive treatment, bone marrow transplants like in South Africa. Do we really need this things that just kill the patient?

Shirley talked about the resistance to change, the power of dogma, the prior procedures that are changing such as Halstrad and radical mastectomies.

The importance of innovation, looking smart, being critical.

Breast Cancer is A Disease

Women are living longer. There is a greater chance that you will get breast cacner. There are some effective therapies for breast cancer.

There is a confluence of knowledges. Fir example there are chromosomal anomalies with the diease that are not random events. There are normal genes that have spawed into a new look. Ther eare oncogenes from retroviruses that are pathogenetic agents that are being looked at. There are several genes within chromosomal abbrations.

Only 5-10% of genes are genetic, inherited. The rest are really mutation of cells an tissues after you are born. They are altertions. When you live longer you have more alterations.

Some genes are turned off and on. We have cancer in our body. Some will duplicate, divide, become bad boys. Some wants to be a copy cat, others want to bully other cells.

There are genes that regulate and control cell grown. There are cell types and phenotypes. Some examples are K18, K14 and TDLU. Remember the longer you live the more mistakes and duplications you have in your cells. Accelerated cell mistakes can cause cancers. We have learned that not smoking can reduce lung cancer but there still is a 2% cause of lung cancer that the cause has yet to be found.

We cannot live in a glass bubble. We can chose to use healthy products, make healthy green choices.
They have learned a lot about repair pathways. There are these spell checkers in your body that check your genes, a safety mechanism so to speak. There is no wrranty that you will live longer and that you won't be at risk.

Cancer can go down many roads. Older people get cancer a lot more. Dry bones, body changes, duplications, mistakes in the body. It use to be treated everyone the same,surgery, chemo, radiation. The cookie cutter approach has to change. There is moleculary diversity. They need to look at various pathways. When will it change?

We have pathologists making erros on lab tests. Just ask breast cancer patients who have found it on their reports.

Live Longer=duplication of cells and mistakes by cells who want to go their way.

Dennis Salmen, Herceptin, Early Detection, Mammograms

Dennis S spoke on the 1,400,000 new cases of breast cancer globally. that is 1 in 10 women globally who breast cancer is reported for. He said there ae 550,000 deaths world wide. One wonders when and who will be next.It is an epidemic and one wonders, "Is it in the drinking water?"

Fortune Magazine sstates we are losing the war and cancer in an article by Clinto Leaf.

Many women thing that early detection will save their lives. That's 90% of the women because it has been pounded into their heads. The thing is the mammogram occurs on maybe the 1 day of 365 days of the year. What about the other 364 days of the year when you didn't have a mammogram. Mammograms often pick up slow growing mammograms.

Did you know that there are doctors that refuse to have mammograms? Years ago I was sitting in a room waiting for a medical procedure and I heard nurses talking about it. The doctors were concerned about radiation exposure.

So eating 20 pounds of broccoli, exercising and getting a once a year mammogram is not enough. There are many breast cancer patients out ther who ate the broccoli, exercised and had a yearly mammogram.

Changing The Conversation, NBCC

Breast Cabceer is a public policy. It is political.

We need a new health strategy in this country.

We have seen sugar and corn being substized.

We have seen toxins enter our water supply.

We have seen the EPA do some work, so much more is needed.

What about biomarkers? Is this enough? WE need more work on the causes of ill health in this country.

Drugs are keeping people alive and killing people at an unbeleivable cost to the American public.

Should we screen for every disease in China (in the U.S.)?

We have spent a bucket load of money on public health? Is it helping.

Do we fix people up with another prescription and send them out the door?

Do we have an unfair health care system that is broken? It is costing us blood, our homes, our income.

Is our helath care system effective? Will it change without innovation from the outside?

Is the health care system more intrested in making money? Paying doctors commission for more procedures and drugs issued?

Is our health care system working?

Is everything the same and more of the same?

Is there too much waste in the health care system?

Do we need to change te tapesty of of our health care system? Yes, we do.

Breast Cancer is a Political Issue; It Has Not Changed

Breast Cancer is a politcal issues. Why have men found an answer to errections and yet breast cancer has not been cured or a prevented in this country? Is the governement and the medical community tone deaf to the needs of women in this country? The killer? The toxic treatments.

It was interesting at the conference when Maria Echaveste, a corporate lawyer, stated that Captialism in China has lifted more out of poverty thatn all the non-profits in the United States. We are spending lots of money and exempting lots of non-profits. It has not been the cure all.

Our government needs to support our basic needs, resources, and find answers. A vaccine to prevent breast cancer needs to be found.

Chemical testing and guidelines for product to even be produced and sold needs to happen in this country.

Did you know that 34% of Americans from a poll think any disease is curable?

If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we cure or prevent breast cancer in this country? Is it because women are not first class? Are women an underclass? We could vote after men.

The governement needs to support breast cancer research. We need environmental research as well.

Our governement shouldn't be allowing large non-profits to monpolize the non-profit world. All records should be transparent, accountable, and everyone should be able to access them.

Mammogram is just a small piece. It is not the small issues that will save women's lives, men's life, young women's lives.

Breast Cancer is costing this country way too much money. It is actually helping to bankrupt this country. It is good for the medical community, the drug companies.

Breast cancer patienws need a dignifired way of dying. I recall someone recently so over dosed on chemo she was a walking skeleton. There's hospice, pallative care. We need to realize that no amount of new drugs or treatments can save some lives. That Avastin that cost the American public so much money produced poor results.

The dominance of special interst groups needs to end.

How big corporations benefit for the their good, the large pharmacutical companies needs to end in this country.There is too much of the entrenched interests of special interest groups that want money at the expense of the good of the whole. The people need to know what the hell is going on in this country. There has to be more transparency.

It use to be that there were 30% more reporters in this country. They were the media watch dogs so to speak. They would hold the country and those so political accountable. Unfortunately, there are less reporters to telll the REAL TRUTHS. We have young reporters, some are child like. They lack the experience and are still wet behind the ears.

Then there is the NIH that is spending a lot of money. It needs to have monitors on it.

Republicans want to cut entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security. Older people worry about this. Yet they don't want stop guards on drug companies, the medical community, insurance companies. They are too afraid to broach these issues. It makes one wonder if they are given campaign funds by these organizations.

We have a sickness health cre system. I was at the doctor yesterday. The room was full of potential patients. We have learned to feel sick, go to the doctor.

Did you know that California is going over the cliff financially due to the excessive medical costs? They are the 8th largest.

How can we change the "I think I am sick" syndrome around in this country?

I am not saying that the political conversation should not start with empathy for the people. We need to screen what is sickness and what is not. More community health centers? More patients being seen by nurse p.

Is DHP Banned in The United States?

DHP is bannned in Europe. Is it banned in the United States? They have found that it effects the reproductive system of boys. Gosh know what else. We need to be testing more chemicals in the United States. We live in a a chemical war within our environment.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

What's New in The Breast Cancer Arena?

There is a trend toward health care reform and ending breast cancer has a deadline. For a long time NBCC has been against high dose chemo and breast self exams. Toxcitity is still a major issue. Carol H died last year from too much radiation.There should not be toxciticy at no cost. There is a cost to the person, the family, the lifestyle of the patient. Patients are left with a lot of side effects. Emotionally it is damaging to the patient as well as the families. The needle needs to be moved.

I was saddened to hear of Lillian R dying this past year. We spent some time together in San Antonio with her huband.

We are making baby steps in the world of breast cancer. NBCC and its members are daring to dream that there will be an end to breast cancer.

At the recent NBCC conference we heard about The Women's Health Study, Susan Love and Avon's Army of Women Study, Tamoxifen and the role it has played in treating breast cancer as well as other hormone blockers.

There is a trend away from early detection as it is not the end all. Early detection is really picking up cancer that is already there, often slow growing breast cancers. Remember you have a mammogram on one day, maybe day 365, what about the other 364 days that you weren't testing. I still think knowing your own body is important. There are lot of women who felt their own lump or bump.

We hear about Herceptin for Her 2 and the role NBCC played in helping Dennis Salmen by funding it.

We have been seeing less innovation in breast cancer, and we need innovation.