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Care About Breast Cancer? Think Outside the Pink

Written by Michelle Kretzer | October 9, 2013

Ahhh, October. The month of shopping for the cure, walking for the cure, playing football for the cure, and doing just about everything that one can conceive of doing “for the cure”—except actually finding a cure. That we haven’t done yet.

I lost the person I was closest to, my grandmother, to the disease, and other women in my family have survived it. So even though I’m vegan, I still consider myself to be at high risk. I would love nothing more than for someone to find a cure for breast cancer—which is exactly why you won’t catch me filling up my shopping cart with pink whatnots.

The problem I have is this: Most breast cancer charities waste money on archaic animal experiments that still haven’t produced a cure—and won’t because animals’ genetic makeup is vastly different from humans’. We’ve been curing cancer in mice since the ’80s. But we still can’t cure it in humans.

Susan G. Komen, the American Cancer Society, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research all waste your hard-earned money funding experiments on animals. But there are many breast cancer charities that fund modern, sophisticated non-animal research or help provide women with direct care and education about prevention.

The American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) “provide[s] early detection education and screening services to those in need, no matter what age, race, sex, or financial challenge.” The ABCF’s Breast Cancer Assistance Program facilitates mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies and gives post–breast surgery care kits to hospitals for mastectomy patients to use. The Breast Cancer Fund works to identify and eliminate environmental and other preventable causes of breast cancer. And the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade funds access to care, education, and modern, sophisticated, non-animal research, particularly through its collaboration with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.

This October, instead of buying up pink, let’s put the charities that are actually helping women in the black.

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  • This post makes me so sad. There has to be a better way to do research. I am all for cancer research and I am a huge breast cancer awareness advocate, I participate and hand out breast cancer awareness neck lanyards at every walk but I think doing research on animals is just cruel.

  • K Jain says:

    Drosophila, Caenorhabditis elegans, Frogs, Cockroaches fisheswere routinely murdered in our Genetics & Zoology labs. Hope it stops some day soon,

  • Kathleen Daley says:

    Please stop torturing these lab rats with cancer research. It’s useless and cruel.

  • Kathleen Daley says:

    Please stop torturing these lab rats with cancer research. It’s useless and cruel.

  • Lisa Selby says:

    My grandmother had breast cancer and had a mastectomy in the 60’s. She lived to be 101 years old. We do not need to make animals suffer to save humans who are suffering too. We need to find humane ways to find cures for cancer, not subject animals to horrible experiments.

  • Laura says:

    stop all this! they haven’t to pass by that…

  • Abigail says:

    I really want to see illnesses such as cancer cured as much as anyone, especially seeing as my Grandad died of it. However, I do not (nor will I ever) condone animal experiments especially unnecessary ones that don’t produce results! There are other ways of checking these treatments without subjecting these poor creatures to such blatant miss treatment and cruelty. I want to see this change and soon!

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  • Cara Crowley says:

    All that testing for nothign!