Breast Cancer, Bras, Republicans, Science, and Lies

A Houston Chronicle article reporting on yesterday’s Komen Race for the Cure™ starts with a quote containing a breast cancer myth:

Joann Goodie and her friends huddled in the early morning by Sam Houston Park in downtown Saturday, waiting for this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk to begin.

“My motivation is to increase awareness,” said Goodie, 66, who lost two aunts to breast cancer and has herself survived cervical and kidney cancer. “If you do things right, if you eat, exercise, wear the right type of bra, you decrease your risk [for breast cancer.]”

There is no “right type of bra” that can reduce your risk for breast cancer, and there is not a wrong type that will increase your risk. You can wear a bra or not wear a bra, and that decision will not affect your breast cancer risk. Period. Scientific fact. Ask the American Cancer Society, or even Komen itself.

The first item on my to do list for the morning: write Houston Chronicle to ask that this scare-mongering myth be removed from this article. There’s a check mark next to it.

The next item on my list is to remind you, yet again, to vote for Wendy Davis for Governor of Texas so that we don’t get saddled with Greg Abbott. If you’re reading this post, you probably agree, so consider this ammo for helping to convince your friends to join you in supporting Senator Davis.

Breast cancer myths came up yesterday:

The State of Texas requires that all people obtaining an abortion in Texas must be given a document that says this:

While there are studies that have found an increased risk of developing breast cancer after an induced abortion, some studies have found no overall risk. There is agreement that this issue needs further study.

The truth? The scientific community does not believe this issue needs further study—that’s the point upon which there is agreement.

The only people who believe it does are those who disregard science and facts in order to impose their beliefs on others.

Those studies that have found an increased risk? They’ve been debunked, and multiple medical authorities have disclaimed any connection:

American Cancer Society: Linking these 2 topics creates a great deal of emotion and debate. But scientific research studies have not found a cause-and-effect relationship between abortion and breast cancer.

National Cancer Institute: Considering the body of literature that has been published since 2003, when NCI held this extensive workshop on early reproductive events and cancer, the evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: The relationship between induced abortion and the subsequent development of breast cancer has been the subject of a substantial amount of epidemiologic study. Early studies of the relationship between prior induced abortion and breast cancer risk were methodologically flawed. More rigorous recent studies demonstrate no causal relationship between induced abortion and a subsequent increase in breast cancer risk.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has sued tanning salons for misleading people about the cancer risk related to soaking up man-made rays. So he understands that it is dangerous to spread false information about cancer risks.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for him to take a stand against the lie printed in the Texas-mandated materials that spreads false information about cancer risks. I guess one can forgive a newspaper reporter and his editor for getting the facts wrong when the Republican Party, GOP state legislators, and GOP gubernatorial candidates are comfortable getting the facts wrong on purpose for purely political gain.

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