Know breast cancer's reported links

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink ribbons, newspapers and pink-dyed fountains are helpful reminders to become more knowledgeable about this devastating disease. However, why are we not being made aware of reported links between breast cancer and oral contraceptives (OCPs) and induced abortion?

In her official testimony on Senate Bill 690, Angela Lanfranchi -- clinical assistant professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and co-director of the Sanofi-Aventis Breast Care Program, Steeplechase Cancer Center, Somerville, N.J -- reported that in her 25-year career as a breast cancer surgeon, there had been a 40-percent increase in breast cancer, occurring in increasingly younger patients. In her research, she found that the cause of this increase included both oral contraceptives and abortion.

Yet, she stated that the National Cancer Institute has been known to be woefully deficient in warning Americans about cancer risks. For example, the NCI acknowledged a link between cigarettes and lung cancer only after it was reported in 1964 by the U.S. surgeon general, despite a British journal report in 1928.

Dr. Lanfranchi pointed out that the NCI has merely a fact sheet posted on the Web, but has otherwise failed to warn the 75 percent of U.S. women who have taken oral contraceptives, even though there has been data supporting links between OCPs and breast cancer for more than 20 years.

The NCI has made no public warning of abortion's link to breast cancer despite a study published 50 years ago, and 17 other statistically significant studies prior to 1999.

If the NCI refuses to warn us of these cancer risks, the burden is on us to educate ourselves.

Catherine Longtin

North Augusta, S.C.

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soldout 10/22/10 - 12:28 am
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It is rare that you will hear

It is rare that you will hear of a drug being removed if it is causing a disease or a report come out that isn't considered PC. Medical research that is reported always takes into account money and political outcome of the research. More go to the hospital with heart attacks that have low cholesterol than high but that doesn't get reported. Any medical research that would destroy an industry or medical approach has a hard time seeing the light of day. It is much better to have walks and wear ribbons than to deal with truth that is already known. There is no money to be made once the source or most of the source is known. Money and greed is losing out to truth in all areas of society and the medical establishment can't avoid it either because they have good people and bad people just like everything else. You have to do your own research these days because as society tries to run God out of everything His values tend to leave with Him.

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Techfan 10/22/10 - 08:37 am
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Possibly because the

Possibly because the "studies" Catherine cites have been totally debunked. Research by the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Medical Association have fouind no such links. With Dr. Lanfranchi, you have an anti abortion zealot, who pushes her religious and social beliefs as science. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=2749

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soldout 10/22/10 - 09:28 am
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There is also a link to

There is also a link to alcohol as increasing risk. The glass of wine has replaced the cigarette as the social thing to do. Research is also in progress on the connection between oral caviations and breast tumors. One dentist told me that in over ten years he never has had a patient with breast cancer that didn't have a cavitation. He was clear that every patient with a cavitation did not have breast cancer but all that had breast cancer had a cavitation on the same side of the jaw as the tumor.

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Fiat_Lux 10/22/10 - 12:47 pm
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Soldout, I hate to tell you

Soldout, I hate to tell you this, but that cavitation-breast cancer "link" has not achieved validity as yet. At this point in time, there may--MAY-- be a correlation, but there is no indication that there is any causality involved.

Here's why: the various by-products of decay and necrosis are found wherever there is decay and necrosis. Cavitation involves decay/necrosis and many cancerous tumors also do. That does not indicate a causal relationship between them. There may actually BE one, but it has not, as yet, been shown to exist with enough reliability to justify scaring people from getting proper dental care. Doing that is irresponsible, which is why anecdotal studies and unproven research isn't allowed to dictate the standard of care.

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Fiat_Lux 10/22/10 - 12:54 pm
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And the observations of your

And the observations of your "one dentist" telling you what he, himself, had observed over a decade could not be more unreliable for drawing your conclusions. Even if he had accurate information on every single woman in his practice, just how far would that generalize to the whole population, even in his own community?

Basing your dental care or your children's on such "data" is about as insightful as basing it any other myth or urban legend.

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soldout 10/22/10 - 03:40 pm
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Fiat I said it was still be

Fiat I said it was still be researched and I am researching it myself. Getting rid of cavitations certainly doesn't hurt and my wife is part of my research. This same dentist office had a lady's hearing restored in one ear after as cavitation surgery was being done and I have a friend who was in the room when it happened. Alternative dentistry is doing some amazing things but I only report what I see and have direct contact with at this time. My wife had a lung tumor also get smaller and part disappear after caviatation surgery. Those are just observations and I have done this kind of observation for 30 years as a hobby. If this cavitation approach turns out to be a good thing everyone will know in this area for sure. The good thing, as with most alternative approaches, is it never has to be a regular approach or an alternative. As in using naet to treat people so their reaction to chemo drugs is less you haven't hurt a thing and may have helped a lot. The alternatives folks I am around use the best of both worlds and their medical background to attack things on all levels whether it be alternative dentistry, naet, eft, thermography or regular medical. My wife's brain tumor a few years ago was found through naet when the regular medical folks said she was fine. When the regular doctors did a retest and they found it too and she is doing fine.

I believe in "no regrets living" which means you check all sources and methods and trust God to lead you in the right direction. I use doctors as advisors and never directors.

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cminor 10/22/10 - 11:22 pm
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Excellent letter, Ms.

Excellent letter, Ms. Longtin--thank you for drawing attention to this matter.

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