Tamoxifen: Cure or Cause?
Since Zeneca researched and patented the most popular breast cancer treatment, Tamoxifen, grossing 500 million dollars a year [Tamoxifen is actually the generic name. The brand name is Nolvadex.], perhaps we can forgive their involvement with carcinogenic chemicals... Perhaps not. On May 16th, 2000, the New York Times reported that the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences listed substances that are known to cause cancer. Tamoxifen was included in that list!!7
hea1 It is known that Tamoxifen causes uterine cancer, liver cancer, and gastro-intestinal cancer. After just two to three years of use, Tamoxifen will increase the incidence of uterine cancer by two to three times. The treatment for uterine cancer is a hysterectomy. In addition, Tamoxifen increased the risk of strokes, blood clots, eye damage, menopausal symptoms, and depression.
The biggest shock of all is the fact that Tamoxifen will increase the risk of breast cancer! The journal Science published a study from Duke University Medical Center in 1999 showing that after 2 - 5 years, Tamoxifen actually initiated the growth of breast cancer!
Zeneca: Two Sides to the Coin
So, Zeneca, the originator of Breast Cancer Awareness month is the manufacturer of carcinogenic petrochemicals, carcinogenic pollutants, and a breast cancer drug that causes at least four different types of cancer in women, including breast cancer. I ask you to stop and think, "Is something wrong with this picture?"
So, since the Breast Cancer Awareness Month spin doctors claim that breast cancer is "simply not a preventable disease", the focus has shifted to the theme of early detection. Women are now encouraged to get their early mammogram. At one time, only women 50 years or older were told to get this screening. Now the campaign is targeting 40 year olds and even women as young as 25. However, detecting breast cancer with mammography does not protect women from breast cancer.
Mammograms: Adding Injury to Insult!
More questions are being raised about the validity of mammograms. A mammogram is an x-ray. The only acknowledged cause of cancer by the American Cancer Society is from radiation. When it comes to radiation, there is no safe level of exposure.
"There is clear evidence that the breast, particularly in premenopausal women, is highly sensitive to radiation, with estimates of increased risk of up to one percent for every RAD (radiation absorbed dose) unit of x-ray exposure. Even for low dosage exposure of two RADs or less, this exposure can add up quickly for women having an annual mammography," notes Samuel Epstein, M.D., Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. "More recent concern comes from evidence that one percent of women, or over one million women in the United States alone, carry a gene that increases their breast cancer risk from radiation fourfold."8
In addition, mammography provides false tumor reports of between 5 and 15 percent of the time. False positive results cause women to be re-exposed to additional X rays and create an environment of further stress, even possibly leading to unneeded surgery.
"Furthermore," says Dr. Epstein, "while there is a general consensus that mammography improves early cancer detection and survival in post-menopausal women, no such benefit is demonstrable for younger women." Still, the American Cancer Society recommends annual or biannual mammography for all women ages forty to fifty-five or earlier.
"Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing growth," says Dr. Charles B. Simone, a former clinical associate in immunology and pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute. Safer and even more effective diagnostic techniques like infrared thermography has been vigorously attacked by the Breast Cancer Awareness organizations.9
It is also noteworthy to point out that General Electric, a major polluter in PCB's in the Hudson River, N.Y. area, manufactures mammography machines.
So all the hullabaloo that comes each October, enlisting women's support and hard-earned cash does nothing to really eliminate the cause of this devastating disease. Instead, women's heart-felt desires and good intentions to find the cause and cure are usurped by the hidden agendas of major transnational corporations pushing their toxic drug treatments and diagnostic tools that are shown to contribute to even more breast cancer. It makes one wonder if the cancer establishment is really interested in a cure at all.
Can We Do Anything?
Women can make a difference. The causes of cancer are already known. Toxic diets, toxic lifestyles, toxic environments, toxic drug treatments, and toxic diagnostic techniques cause cancer. Corporations are only interested in increasing their profits and ensuring their tentacles of control, not in actual solutions. When it comes to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women must invest their time and money into projects, initiatives, and treatments that will truly make a difference.
Perhaps it is time to turn in those pink ribbons.
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Another article by Ms. Sellman:
Beware of the Dark Side of Tamoxifen
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