As I do not watch any TV news channels, and I no longer read newspapers to get my news, I was unaware that someone, somewhere decided that October was Breast Cancer Awareness month...until I watched NFL Football this past weekend and noticed most of the players had hot pink colors as part of their uniforms (Note Brett Favre's shoes in the above picture.)
While my first reaction is to roll my eyes and view this as yet another attempt to interject gyno-centrism in one of the last bastions of pure masculine competition in our culture (why is there no "prostate cancer awareness month?" for which the NFL has all the players sport blue?), I do have to say, I don't really see anything wrong with an effort to "raise awareness" about a disease that does in fact maim and kill so many women nowadays.
But the thing that drives me most insane is that the entire "awareness" campaign is based on pushing for women to go get regular mammograms to screen for cancer.
What about the awareness of the lifestyle factors, dietary choices and other behaviors that make women much more at risk of developing breast cancer in the first place?
Now, of course, much of the debate on dietary causes of cancer (in short, a lifetime diet heavy in sugars, carbohydrates, and Omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils), is considered controversial, there is one factor that is a considerable risk elevator that you never hear about in the mainstream media: the ABC connection.
Yes, if we are going to spend an entire month in an effort to "raise awareness" about breast cancer, this is one factor that definitely needs to be exposed and promulgated into mainstream consciousness!
In 1986, government scientists wrote a letter to the British journal Lancet and acknowledged that abortion is a cause of breast cancer. They wrote, "Induced abortion before first term pregnancy increases the risk of breast cancer." (Lancet, 2/22/86, p. 436)
As of 2006, eight medical organizations recognize that abortion raises a woman's risk for breast cancer, independently of the risk of delaying the birth of a first child (a secondary effect that all experts already acknowledge). An additional medical organization, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, issued a statement in 2003 calling on doctors to inform patients about a "highly plausible" relationship between abortion and breast cancer. General counsel for that medical group wrote an article for its journal warning doctors that three women (two Americans, one Australian) successfully sued their abortion providers for neglecting to disclose the risks of breast cancer and emotional harm, although none of the women had developed the disease.
If feminists truly cared about ensuring that women could avoid developing Breast Cancer, you'd think they'd want to make sure women knew about the risks that abortion has for them, now wouldn't they?
I've never heard a feminist or women's activist group...or even a mainstream media news story on Tell-A-Vision ever mention the ABC connection...have you?