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BCAM:Study: Bilateral mastectomies don’t improve breast cancer patients’ odds


These two divergent reactions are typical of early breast cancer patients. More and more, however, women are choosing contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) — removing the healthy breast along with the diseased breast — instead of just removing the tumor and surrounding tissue, known as a lumpectomy. (Lumpectomies involve radiation after the surgery.)

Studies show the CPM rate has increased more than fivefold since 1998, fueled more by overestimation of potential risk than actual survival rates. The jump has caused concern in the medical community.

“It’s a very personal choice, but I think some of these decisions are being made out of fear rather than current research findings,” said Dr. Mecker G. Moller, a surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “There is only a small percentage of high-risk patients who would benefit from undergoing prophylactic mastectomies, based on genetic predisposition. But some patients don’t want to continue living with the threat. They want peace of mind.”

Peace of mind is not without a price. A double mastectomy is a potentially riskier procedure than a simple lumpectomy, in which surgeons remove the tumor and surrounding tissue but leave the breast intact. What’s more, choosing to remove both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side does not improve survival rates for most women.

BCAM: Ex-Charger battled breast cancer


Savage, a Chargers backup from 1990 to 92 during a brief NFL career, first detected a lump on the left side of his chest in 2010. He ignored it, figuring it'd dissipate eventually. It grew instead.

A car accident several months later forced him to see a doctor. He mentioned the lump as a "by the way," leading to a mammogram that led to a biopsy and then diagnosis for stage II breast cancer.

The disease is far less common in men than women.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 percent of breast-cancer cases in the United States occur in men. An estimated 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed this year compared to about 232,670 for women. Savage said that he went through six chemotherapy treatments, the last few of which were far more brutal than any injury in his career.

Isis fighters 'crucify' 17-year-old boy in Syria (Warning...Graphic)


Isis fighters have reportedly executed a 17-year-old boy and left his body on display on a cross in Syria.

Pictures being shared online show a banner attached to the teenager’s chest saying the boy has been crucified for taking photos of Isis military bases, as well as receiving “500 Turkish lira” for any footage taken.

The message describes the ruling for the alleged crime as “apostasy” and states the teenager has been “killed and crucified for a period of three days” as the punishment.

The alleged execution comes after it emerged Isis militants had beheaded their own fighters for spying and espionage.

Islamic State Actually Has More Support In Britain Than In Arab Nations


The Islamic State group has substantially less support in Arab nations than it does in European countries, including Britain, according to a new report into attitudes towards the brutal jihadist group.

The Syria and Iraq-based group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, enjoys practically no popularity in Egypt, Lebanon, or Saudi Arabia, according to research by the Washington Institute. Saudi Arabia is one of five Arab nations which joined the US in airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria.

Just 3% of Egyptian expressed a positive opinion of the IS, only 5% of Saudis, and under 1% of Lebanese respondents showed any support for the group. It does not mean, the researchers point out, that there is absolutely no support for IS in those countries as the small percentages add up to around 1.5 million people in Egypt, 500,000 in Saudi Arabia, and a few thousand in Lebanon.

A British fighter has appeared in another video for Islamic State

Northfield MINN crowd flips over Bill Maher, who wants to flip Rep. Kline

Comedian Bill Maher is not on the ballot in Minnesota. He can’t even vote here. But he’s trying to oust Republican John Kline from his long-held second congressional district seat. That’s because activists in Kline’s district, presumably mostly Democrats, persuaded Maher to proclaim the congressman winner of the “Flip A District” contest.

A well-orchestrated social media campaign that included an airplane flying with a “flip a district” banner high over Dakota County apparently convinced Maher that there was enough enthusiasm among the ground troops to vote Kline out of office. Enthusiasm is important in Maher’s campaign because it has to make up for money.

In 2012 Maher reportedly donated a million dollars of his own money to re-elect President Obama. Maher is not spending that kind of money on the second congressional district race. Instead, he brought his HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher” to Northfield to highlight Kline’s voting record — which Maher says does not represent this section of suburban and southern Minnesota that voted for President Obama in 2012.

Before taping the show, Maher walked through the Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House, past a voter registration table and handed out autographs. The demonstrators outside the one-time vaudeville theater and the crowd in the venue clearly supported flipping the district and removing Kline.


BCAM:No Time For Complacency: Advanced Breast Cancer Calls For Advanced Research


BCAM: Breast cancer awareness month offers little when disease has spread


For some breast cancer patients, the relentlessly pink optimism of October filled with positive messages of how screening saves lives makes them want to go into hiding until Nov.1.

For people with metastatic breast cancer, or cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the month can be a cruel reminder of how their story isn’t the story other people want to hear. Their original cancer was found early and treated, but it came back with a vengeance. The label “survivor” may never feel comfortable for someone who may always be in treatment.

“This month is a very frustrating month for most women with metastatic breast cancer,” said Vickie Young Wen, 51, of Sunnyvale. “The pink ribbon month seems to focus on triumph and they emphasize the word 'survivor.’ There’s a lot of 'I beat cancer’ and 'Cancer picked the wrong chick.’ … That makes a lot of us who did not beat cancer think, so does that mean cancer picked the right chick?”

Wen, who learned she had metastatic breast cancer a year after her original diagnosis, is waging her own “Pinktober” campaign complete with a “I Want More Than a Pink Ribbon” page on Facebook. Every day this month (except Sundays) she’ll wear different variations of a T-shirt that says: “I am stage IV. Talk to me.”

UN: 5000 Yazidis Men Executed; 7000 Yazidis Women now Sex Slaves

Full horror of the Yazidis who didn’t escape Mount Sinjar: UN confirms 5,000 men were executed and 7,000 women are now kept as sex slaves

Yazidi refugees were lined up, shot dead, then bulldozed into mass graves
At least ten men at the village of Hardan were beheaded
Jihadists came into villages and selected women at will to make slaves


read it for yourself...pretty bad.

Your Weekly Quiz #22-- Reality Vs. Fear Mongering Lies

This quiz come directly from du.... ALL direct quotes.
There has been a fairly heated debate in the past several days since the Bill Maher segment.
This weeks quiz was supposed to be about some other ideas but this needed to be quizzed.
Edit for clarification...none of these statements were made by me...obviously.


A. Reality
B. Fear Mongering / Bigoted Lies
C. Both
D. Neither

_____ 1."The fact remains that fundamentalism within Islam, at this point in history, is a more powerful force than it is within any of the other major religions re the manifestation of violence."

_____ 2. "It (ISIS) has everything to do with Islam. They use Islamic teachings and Islamic doctrine to recruit and fight."

_____ 3."Read the Koran sometime. It's more anti-semitic than Mein Kampf. "

_____ 4."Islam, a terribly regressive, fucked up, misogynistic religion, defended by some liberals".

_____ 5. "What disturbs me most is the Islamic war again women, which makes the Christian war on women look like a harmless play fight, yet many progressives look the other way or excuse these things are isolated cultural phenoma. Are we not feminists?"

______6. "When it comes to oppressing women, Muslim countries have it down to an art form."

______7. " I don't think anyone is justifying ridicule or cruelty, only pointing out the fact that if one is concerned about the general well being of women, many of the beliefs and practices of Islam are harmful/deadly to women."

_____ 8. "In Islamic countries from Africa to the Middle East institutionalized bigotry and sexism in the norm."

_____ 9. "Look up the instructions of the Koran on, for example, inheritance, wife-beating, testimony in court, slavery, submission of women to men, and in places treatment of non-Muslims "

_____ 10 ."Meanwhile the death penalty for being gay is on the books in Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. Prison sentences for gays in Malaysia, Pakistan and for men in Uzbekistan (not against the law for women)."

And for extra credit...

______ 11."The sooner that people get that Islam, which has not had a reform movement, is a violent ideology, the safer we will all be."

Coming soon...Your weekly Quiz#23.

ISIS veteran among four terror suspects arrested on suspicion of plotting UK attack

ISIS veteran among four terror suspects arrested in London raids on suspicion of plotting UK attack


Four terror suspects were seized in dawn police swoops yesterday - including an Islamic State veteran suspected of plotting an attack in the UK.

At least one of four suspects - all arrested in London - is thought to have trained with ISIS and returned to the UK after fighting on the Syrian killing fields.

Dozens of IS fighters are thought to have been stopped at the border as they attempt to return to the UK but this person is understood to have gone home and remained under surveillance.

The men - aged between 20 and 21 – were held by counter terror police and assisted by armed officers who tasered one during the the early morning raids.

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