In a sad final words piece, Laurie Becklund says she had over 20 mammograms which failed her. She also says the early detection “breast cancer industry” doesn’t work. In her letter published on the LA Times, she writes about her soon to be death at the hands of metastatic breast cancer. She warns us all of a breast cancer industry which is failing us and is driven by profits.
She also begs that no woman wear a pink ribbon in her name.
Promise me you’ll never wear a pink ribbon in my name or drop a dollar into a bucket that goes to breast cancer “awareness” for “early detection for a cure,” the mantra of fund-raising juggernaut Susan G. Komen, which has propagated a distorted message about breast cancer and how to “cure” it.
In 1996, Laurie discovered she had breast cancer (for the first time) via a self-exam. She was later told by her Doctor it wouldn’t return. This didn’t prove to be the case and at least 20 mammograms failed to ever indicate any issues. And her battle, at the time of this writing, was nearing the end. Laurie died at 66 years old (here). In her letter she also discusses how the cancer industry failed her. I’d suggest everyone have a read, it is compelling stuff (here).
Becklund: “I had more than 20 mammograms, and none of them caught my disease. In fact, we now have significant studies showing that routine mammogram screening, which may result in misdiagnoses, unnecessary treatment and radiation overexposure, can harm more people than it helps.”
We’ve written numerous times about the failures of the breast cancer industry. Mammograms simply don’t work, the evidence is clear and obvious (here). The fact is, the breast cancer industry tries to push women away from self-exams for their own profit driven reasonings. The mammogram industry is huge and the Susan G. Komen corporation props it up. They get all the big corporate sponsors to play ball.
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