Breast Cancer Awareness Month

From Wikipedia:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in the United States as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month(NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Observances of the event have faced criticism for corporate involvement by drug companies, as well as instances of pinkwashing* associated with the events.

*The term pinkwashing is compound word modelled on the term whitewashing, and was first coined in 2002 by Breast Cancer Action (BCA). On thinkbeforeyoupink.org (link below es), a project of BCA, ‘pinkwasher’ is defined as, “a company or organization that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time, produces, manufactures and/or sells products that are linked to the disease.”

I have known about pinkwashing since reading and reviewing Pink Ribbon Blues Gail Sulik on my website several years ago. (Use the SEARCH box in lower right hand corner of my Home Page to find & read the review.) Therefore, I do not give to organizations linked with companies linked with promoting their  products that may be linked to cancer.  Instead, I have provided information below about two organizations that I feel are more deserving of my attention:

Breast Cancer Action

www.bcaction.org and www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org

I learned about Breast Cancer Action several years ago when my friend Barb rode cross country with other women over 50 to raise awareness about this excellent organization. The organization is currently running two podcasts that might be of interest. (Go to the website for links.)

  1. Addressing Disparities: Screening vs. Systemic Change – This podcast explores disparities, the disconnect between health care and communities of color, and the limitations of screening and mammography to address these inequities.
  2. Uncovering LGBTQ Breast Cancer Realities – Interviews with two LGBTQ women and how they are not represented in the “heteronormative” pink ribbon narrative and their problems with navigating the system.(I lifted the info on thepodcasts right from the letter I received. es)

I urge you to visit Breast Cancer Action’s website to learn more about this organization that exposes companies who are often part of the problem under the guise of being pro-preventative.

 

(The top-ranked Breast Cancer Research Organization in the United States)

Several years ago, when I was going through menopause, I read one of Dr. Susan Love’s books on hormones and menopause. (Just Google her name for titles)   I still have a list of the nutrients recommended by her book and which foods to eat to obtain these nutrients.

According to a letter I received from Stephanie Graff, MD, FACS, the foundation’s medical advisor,
“…the Foundation is spearheading the research nobody else is doing: The Microbiome+ Study of the Breast Ducks. By comparing the microbiome of breast ducts with cancer to ducts without cancer, we can learn more about the potential role bacteria and viruses may play in causing or preventing cancer. This research is critical.” (I bolded the last sentence. es)

+Definition from this letter: …the microbiome of the body—the role naturally-occurring microorganisms play in disease progression—can lead to epigenetic (relating to or arising from nongenetic influences on gene expression.es) changes which may be central not only to cancer development, but treatment response.”

Additionally, the foundation believes that the medical community needs to expand the way we study breast cancer in order to find answers for everyone, since expression of breast cancer “may differ across people of different races and ethnicities.”

For more information, go to: Dr Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research

Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I urge you to raise your awareness of breast cancer by investigating these two excellent organizations and consider making a donation, no matter how small!

 

 

 

Mother’s Day: A List of Important Organizations for Women and Children (Part One)

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12th, and I have been stockpiling organizations that focus on women, children, and families. I hope to celebrate by going to see Sara Berman’s Closet and the Jewish Museum in Center City Philadelphia, but compiling this list makes me realize that not every woman has the freedom to choose how to celebrate this day. I am also posting my fotos of azaleas that I took this week in my neighborhood. (first one is from the Internet) So beautiful! Perfect Mother’s Day “gift” from the mother of all of us: Mother Nature!

 

Breast Cancer Action – 275 Fifth St. #307, San Francisco, CA 94103 (bcaction.org). This is my favorite breast cancer organization because it believes tht breast cancer is a social justice issue, advocating for true primary prevention and better treatments. (Ex. IN 2018, BCA challenged corporate “pinkwashing”  [www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org] and demanded that Ford Motor Co. help put the brakes on breast cancer by no longer making vehicles with cancer-sausing exhaust.)

 

Cambodia Children’s Fund – 2461 Santa MonicaBlvd. Ste. D #833, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (cambodiachildrensfund.org). Started about 12 years ago by a visit to Cambodia by Scott Neesen, this non-profit organization demonstrates how ONE person can make a difference. At first, he focused on getting the children away from diggin gin the dumps for anything they could eat or sell. Now he helps the entire family with food, clothes, education, erc., and recently opened the Neeson Cripps-Academy to continue to education CCF’s pupils. (Personal Note: My extended family member Ignacio worked with Scott before Scott moved to Cambodia to make a huge difference with the poorest children and now espectant mothers and parents.)

Children’s Defense Fund – P.O. Box 96367, Washington, DC  20077 (www.childrensdefensefund.org) – With the motto: “Leave No Child Behind,” this organization focuses on “lifting children out of poverty, protecting them from violence, and provides them with transformative opportunities.”

Children International – PO Box 219413, KansasCity, MO 64121 (children@children.org)
This organization helps people sponsor children in need. This organization believes that “One person can make all the difference for a child across the globe by shwoing her that she is special, loved and encouraged to be her best self……IN this way, one by one, passing on love and support, we will change the world for the better.”

The Center for Victims of Torture – 2356 University Ave. West, Ste. 430, St. Paul, MN 55114 (www.cvt.org)- This organization addresses the needs of people who have been tortured or treated cruelly by regimes that use love between family members in order to terrorize, extort, or coerce their victims. I received a petition to be sent to the President, which I will sign to urge Trump to work for the rights of all families, here and around the world.

Everytown for Gun Safety – P.O. Box 3886, New York, NY 10163 (everytown.org). JUst by the title, we know that this powerful movement is about reducing gun violence, building safer communities, and fighting for changes that will save lives. I added this because so many parents have lost thier children in school shootings that I felt it needed to be on the list. One foto shows a mom who lost a child in 2012 and she was wearing a shirt that said, MOMS DEMAND ACTION. I agree!

Global Fund for Wom=n (The equal sign is part of their name.) 800 Market St., 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102 (globalfundforwomen.org). This organization invests itself in: “women-led grassroots organizations because when women work together to solve the challenges they face, they transform entire communities.”

League of Women Voters (of the US)- 1730 M St., Ste. 1000, Washington, DC 20036 (www.lwg.org) – Next year is the 100th anniversary of the League of Women AND women’s right to vote. In 2018 the League registered more than 250,000 new voters, protected nearly 2 million voters through outreach, contacted more than 500,000 to get out the vote, and educated more than 10 million people through the Vote411.org website.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Part Two tomorrow…….