This is one of the articles my team and I put together for the Breast Cancer Awareness month. The other article I recommend reading is “The Breast Cancer and Estrogen Link. 15 Ways to Prevent and Manage Breast Cancer Naturally.”
I am outraged that we still keep rambling on about “breast cancer awareness” and not prevention. We have heard enough about mammograms and self-inspection of our breasts. Enough about awareness. Let’s move on to prevention. Expect more posts and recipes on that in October.
In the meantime, I want to share with you my friend Chris Wark’s (from Chris Beat Cancer) expose of Susan G. Komen, the foundation behind the Breast Cancer Foundation (and the controversial Pink Ribbon).
You will be the judge how you feel about the facts we put together.
Lastly, full disclosure: Chris has the SCAM shirt for sale and both of us do not make a dime out of this. All the proceeds go to breast cancer patients.
Shocking facts about Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Pinktober is fast approaching and this year I’m launching a preemptive strike to combat the tidal wave of pinkwashing propaganda that’s coming in a few weeks. I’ve assembled some of the most shocking facts about Susan G. Komen for the Cure — the world’s largest “breast cancer awareness” charity organization.
–Only 21% of money that Susan G. Komen for the Cure raises goes to cancer research “for the cure”. Simple math tells us that 79% of the money they raise isn’t going to anything that could produce a cure. As if that wasn’t bad enough, donating to cancer research is essentially giving free money to drug companies who make billions in profit every year, and don’t need your money, and are only interested in research that can lead to patentable, highly profitable drugs that they can sell back to you. For more on this, watch my 500k view rant Why I Don’t Race for the Cure.
-Susan G. Komen for the Cure has taken legal action against over 100 small non-profits for using the phrase “for the cure” in their fund-raising campaigns. How dare you sell ‘cupcakes for the cure’. Sue that little girl!
-In 2010, Susan G. Komen for the Cure partnered with KFC who sold pink buckets of chicken “for the cure”. Apparently the folks at Komen don’t know that fast food consumption is directly linked to obesity, and that obesity is the 2nd leading cause of cancer.
-In 2011, Susan G. Komen for the Cure created and sold a perfume called “Promise Me” containing potentially cancer-causing toxic ingredients coumarin, oxybenzone, and toluene. After criticism they pulled it from the market.
-In 2012, Komen drew criticism from the medical community for using misleading statements and deceptive statistics in their ads promoting mammograms. Komen uses donation money to provide mammograms to women who can’t afford them, which seems good, until you learn that a 25-year study of 90,000 women proved that mammograms don’t save lives, and that what early detection campaigns are actually doing is overdiagnosing and funneling women into an industry of harmful overtreatment, resulting in unnecessary surgery, chemo, radiotherapy and hormone therapies.
-In 2014, Komen partnered with Baker Hughes who produced 1,000 pink drill bits to be used in their fracking operations with the cutesy slogan “Doing their bit for the cure”. Fracking involves the use of 700 different chemicals, some of which, like benzene and formaldehyde, are linked to cancer.
-As a result of some of the shenanigans above, in 2014, Charity Navigator downgraded Susan G. Komen for the Cure to 2 stars (out of 4). Since that public embarrassment, Komen has been working to improve their rating. Nancy Brinker stepped down and was replaced with a much lower paid CEO. Their overall rating has come back up to 3 stars, but their financial rating is still 2 stars as of June 2016.
And those are the reasons I have taken a firm position against donating to Susan G Komen for the Cure. I know that’s a lot of heavy stuff, and I’m certainly not one to advocate dwelling on negativity, but we need to be aware of what’s happening around us. If Komen changes their ways, my opinion of them could change as well.
The BEST way to help cancer patients is to put CASH MONEY in their hands to help with groceries, gas, medical bills, supplements, rent, utilities, child care, etc.