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Response to TidalWave46 (Reply #11)

Mon Sep 23, 2019, 01:37 PM

12. I have looked at the entire bill, which is almost completely about "awareness",

 

which translates into an a scare-mongering ad campaign for mammograms. I quoted the part I found the most misleading and hypocritical.

If the Senators want to prevent breast cancer deaths among young people and minority populations, why don't they fund research into preventing and treating breast cancer, not to mention finding diagnostic methods that are superior to mammograms? The mammogram industry, of course, would oppose this.

The bill also talks about providing education about breast self-exams, which have been shown by research to be completely useless in preventing breast-cancer deaths. Self-exams, in fact, are extremely unreliable and lead to unnecessary mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, and overtreatment. They also cause unnecessary anxiety in women.

I happen to believe that women have been made overly scared about breast cancer. As we all know by now, one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but that means seven out of eight will not, and even the ones who are diagnosed will not necessarily die from it. The pink-ribbon "awareness" campaign has been so effective that American women are almost universally afraid of their breasts now -- so much so that some wealthy women are getting unnecessary double mastectomies as a "preventive" measure. I feel strongly that women should not be afraid of their breasts. Our breasts should make us happy, not terrified. Breast cancer is extremely rare in young women. This bill, which aims to fund an "awareness" campaign among younger women, really aims to terrify women at a younger age.

That is my opinion, and your hostility in calling it "sad", accusing me of not having read the bill, of not having thought about it, of being so misguided that even my candidate would disagree with me (I don't require that a candidate agree with all my views, so this is neither here nor there and is just an insult on your part against me), of having purposefully misrepresented it, of having (supposedly) called people fools, and of having (supposedly) compared Klobuchar to Trump, is not only a series of nasty attacks, but it is also unhelpful. You're not helping your own cause.
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