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False Info on Newsline 9 WAOW about Mammorgrams

cinnamonsmile
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I am not going to take it and didn't. Tonight our local news had a bit on the news about a study that came out that mammograms don't have enough radiation to cause cancer. The news bit was put out by the national ABC News (Tim or Tom Johnson...I have seen him before reporting Medical News). HOWEVER, Mr. Johnson CLEARLY stated in the news byte that MAMMOGRAMS CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOMETHING THAT IS CANCER AND SOMETHING THAT IS BENIGN.... I was more than mad!!!I was p@#$d. I called the newsroom and let them know they are putting out factually wrong information. I let them know the ONLY way to accurately diagnose cancer is by biopsy. I gave her all the info. I have learned and she said, well, we got that from the national ABC news office. I said, well, it doesn't excuse your station from putting out false information. I told her that there could be how many people in the viewing area that now think mammograms can tell the difference between cancerous tumors and benign tumors and wonder why they may need a biopsy! I guess I gave enough information that they are pulling it from the 10 pm news tonight.
The basic info of mammograms not putting out enough radiation to cause cancer is great, but considering the person reporting already made a MAJOR false statement in reporting, I don't totally trust anything that guy says....

Now onto abc.com to report him talking out of his butt....

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camul
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I really mad driving down I-15 and seeing the big board saying that breast cancer is now 99.9% curable with early detection... if that is the case then why am I fighting stage iv terminal cancer? No reply from that one. People believe this stuff, when in reality 30% of those diagnosed will have stage iv at some point.

In October there was an newspaper article about a pink w/stage iv, with a young child who was interviewed. The reporter said more research is needed, but nothing about how little, less than 3% of all monies collected goes to advanced stage bc research. I was disappointed that she failed to do any research at all on bc which was evident from the article. Nothing on different types of bc, or self exams, etc.

Glad they pulled the report. Too many of them pick up articles without doing the research.

cinnamonsmile
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I am glad they pulled it, too. I made it very clear, that as journalists they have to be responsible for what they put on their TV news programs, and that just because the national affiliate produced it, doesn't excuse them from irresponsible journalism.

I did find a place to report to abc.com the erroneous statements, but they limit the number of words you can use. I didn't get to say all that I could but at least got the important stuff in there.

And since when is there is cure for breast cancer (referring to that awful billboard you saw)? I realize that with DCIS, we that had it have a better chance, but are in no way cured.

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SIROD
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Your 100% correct and early detection only means it might give a woman or man a better chance. Don't promise them a cure.

How in the world do they have someone doing research on something as well known as a mammogram and then state that kind of foolishness? How come the mammogram departments in your listening area not send faxes to fix this awful misinformation? I am glad you had a place to report ABC.com their erroneous statement and were able to have the message pulled.

I am so angry about the Funeral Directors trying to sell the Pink Blazer to wear for awareness at a funeral for someone who died from BC. How can they not know that "Pink" is for survivorship and the decease was not part of the pink club.

I read Nancy Brinker's "Promise Me". Pink was chosen because her sister Susan was a girlie girl, all ruffles and bows type. Nancy understood very soon in her crusade that a cure wasn't on the horizon. She had a good thing going and decided to go with promoting survivors with the money pouring in "for the cure". More money goes toward awareness than research. After her time as Ambassador and Chief of Protocol for President Bush, she learned to like all the perks with those jobs. A lot of money "for the cure" goes into administration.

Nancy did fulfill her promise to her sister which was not to find a cure. Her sister asked Nancy to make other women aware of what a horrible disease breast cancer can be and to make the treatment rooms more cheerful. She did.

My mother told me since I am so upset with the Pink Blazers, I should write to the National Funeral Directors Association and explain what pink meant. Thinking about it. If nothing else, the pink blazers look as though they were going to a prom, not a funeral.

Glad that you were successful but where were the oncology department, breast surgeon's, their staff, people who deal with this daily. Why didn't they get on the phone or email and say how bad the information was?

Doris

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SIROD
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Carol,

CJ Dian) M. Corneliussen-James, President of Metavivors current remarks are as follows:

Metastatic cancer exists in a different realm than non-metastatic cancer. Thus MBC is far more apt to benefit from research undertaken for another metastatic cancer than it is from research involving non-metastatic breast cancer. Unfortunately, since the entire field of metastatic cancer is funded at only 2 percent, there is limited related research to draw upon.

So just what is the reluctance to sufficiently fund metastatic cancer research?

Historically, metastatic cancer has been considered too complex an issue to tackle with any reasonable expectation of success.  Yet times, and the state of science have changed.
According to Danny R. Welch, Ph.D., renowned career metastasis researcher and past president of the Metastasis Research Society, “Within 10 years, suffering from and potentially death from metastatic breast cancer could be reduced significantly if the research were fully funded.” There are now many dedicated career metastasis researchers, who have the education, the experience, the skills. the ideas, the proposals and the scientific insights to make a difference.  What they lack is the funding.

So where does most of the money go?  It goes predominantly into prevention and early detection.  If one looks at the funding distribution pie charts of various organizations, these two categories are inevitably included.  What is not immediately apparent is that much of the funding designated for other categories, such as biology and etiology, is also spent on issues pertaining to prevention and early detection.  By comparison, MBC research is so poorly funded that it rarely even appears on a pie chart.

Komen still is the largest organization with the most funds. Nancy Brinker was an expert at large fund raisers even before she started SGK. At the end of "Promise me" was the following statement:

“If I have seen further than others,” said Sir Isaac Newton, “it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”

We at SGK gratefully stood on the shoulders of giants, and we hope others will stand on ours.

Page 312 in "Promise Me".

She isn't going to change a winning formula for her but perhaps that is where Metavivor comes in.

Doris

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