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10th Edition Contents:
1) 'My Medical Choice' written by Angelina Jolie.
Angelina elected to be proactive and remove both her breasts due to a faulty gene known as BRCA1. The reality of her choice is something else.

2) The End of Mammograms
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'My Medical Choice'
written by Angelina Jolie.


Angelina


Published in The NY Times on May 14th 2013.

"MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.

We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.

Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.

On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work. But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.

My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a “nipple delay,” which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area. This causes some pain and a lot of bruising, but it increases the chance of saving the nipple.

Two weeks later I had the major surgery, where the breast tissue is removed and temporary fillers are put in place. The operation can take eight hours. You wake up with drain tubes and expanders in your breasts. It does feel like a scene out of a science-fiction film. But days after surgery you can be back to a normal life.

Nine weeks later, the final surgery is completed with the reconstruction of the breasts with an implant. There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful.

I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.

It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.

Jolie

I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.

For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.

I acknowledge that there are many wonderful holistic doctors working on alternatives to surgery. My own regimen will be posted in due course on the Web site of the Pink Lotus Breast Center. I hope that this will be helpful to other women.

Breast cancer alone kills some 458,000 people each year, according to the World Health Organization, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. It has got to be a priority to ensure that more women can access gene testing and lifesaving preventive treatment, whatever their means and background, wherever they live. The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women.

I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options.

Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of."

Angelina Jolie is an actress and director.

Cancer Center Website: pinklotusbreastcenter.com

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After Thoughts
- the Reality of Her Choice:


1) Promoting fear of breast cancer and offering a 'brave' choice to cut off healthy breasts, is an unnecessary choice for the majority of women, which serves only to benefit certain corporate profits and patent monopoly, to the tune of trillions of dollars - Myriad Genetics to be specific, based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2) "Jolie claims her doctor told her she has an "87% risk" of developing breast cancer. But what she didn't tell you is that this number doesn't apply to the entire population: it's actually old data derived almost exclusively from families that were previously documented to have very high risks of breast cancer to begin with. In a large room of 600 women, only ONE will likely have a BRCA mutation in her genetic code. The actual incidence is 0.125 to 0.25 out of 100 women, or 1 in 400 to 1 in 800." - Mike Adams, Naturalnews.com

Cancer tumors are SYMPTOMS and not the CAUSE of cancer.
The cancer industry does not care. They want you to spend 3-4 thousand dollars for a BRCA 1 test. If the test is positive, they want you to have a "heroic" double mastectomy, just like sex symbol Angelina Jolie, afterall, if she can do it, so can you.

The cancer industry wants you to have a mammogram every year, which emits ionizing radiation directly into the breast and heart tissues, CAUSING cancer. If you develop tumors, they want you to have chemo and radiation, which causes cancer to proliferate as well as further destroy the immune system, fog the mind, and cause permanent damage to body organs.

THEY DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE HEALTHY AND CANCER FREE. THEY REFUSE TO FIND AND ADDRESS THE CAUSE. THEY REFUSE TO OFFER PREVENTION OPTIONS. THEY REFUSE TO OFFER NATURAL CANCER CURES. THEY REFUSE TO ADDRESS DIET. PROFIT FROM DISEASE IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS. YOU ARE A CUSTOMER, TAKE A NUMBER.

QUESTION: If a man has an alleged high risk factor for prostate cancer, or contracts prostate cancer, does this mean he needs to cut off his testicles?!

Do you have a risk of kidney cancer? Remove your kidneys. A risk of colon cancer? Remove your colon. Lung cancer maybe? Remove your lungs. How about brain cancer? Remove your brain ... just in case!

If you allow fear to control you, the corrupt medical and pharmaceutical corporations will get exactly what they want.
At the end of the day, the choice is yours. EDUCATE YOURSELF AND WAKE UP.

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Swiss could be first to drop mammography
- June 2014


Is it the beginning of the end for mammography, the screening technology for breast cancer? The Swiss could be the first to drop it after independent research revealed that the risks outweighed any benefits - and that earlier research, which had provided the evidence to launch national screening programs in most Western nations, had been falsified.

Researchers from the Swiss Medical Board, an independent health research group, first reported on mammography’s shortcomings last February, and one Swiss canton, Uri, is now reconsidering a move to introduce it for routine screening.

Others may follow, and two of the board’s researchers have spoken out this week because they say it is ethical to do so. “It is easy to promote mammography screening if the majority of women believe that it prevents or reduces the risk of getting breast cancer and saves many lives through early detection of aggressive tumours. We would be in favour of mammography screening if these beliefs were valid. Unfortunately, they are not, and we believe that women need to be told so. From an ethical perspective, a public health program that does not clearly produce more benefits than harms is hard to justify. Providing clear, unbiased information, promoting appropriate care and preventing over-diagnosis and over-treatment would be a better choice,” say Nikola Biller-Andorno and Peter Juni this week.

In their earlier report, the researchers discovered that nearly 22% of ‘cancers’ that mammography was detecting were false (false-positives). Despite the false reading, many of the women went through arduous cancer treatment, including chemotherapy and even mastectomies, or breast removal.

Early research, including a 50-year-old paper, suggested that screening would save 80 lives per 1,000 women screened. However, the Swiss research found that just one life would be saved by mammography.

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2014; doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1401875) and wddty.com


NOTE: There is an alternative option to mammograms, it's called Thermography - radiation free, safer and more accurate.

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