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The End of Breast Cancer

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

The End of Breast Cancer; ending all cancers would be an amazing thing.  Is it possible? President Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, and little has happened towards this goal. Forty-one years and billions of dollars later, we have yet to win the war. In fact, mortality rates have declined by less than 5% in the last 60 years. Billions are raised each year to research treatments for cancer; billions are spent on the treatment of cancer. Clearly treatment does not offer a cure. Prevention is the answer, but is a hard ticket to sell.  A preventive vaccine, one that is effective and safe, may well be what it takes. In the scheme of things, the $6 million needed to fund a breast cancer vaccine seems like small potatoes.  Why, you ask is this vaccine not funded?  I wish I knew.  Ever heard of Pink Ribbons? If you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out…the movie is out this month. It’s an eye-opener.  Think before you Pink

What I do know is that getting a vaccine in the hands of doctors does not happen overnight.   There are many who are investigating potential vaccines, but why, I ask, why not fund one that is ready to go through the trial phase now; what are we waiting for?  If it works for breast cancer, doors may open for vaccines to be developed for other cancers.  If it doesn’t work, we learn from it, and that too will speed up the process. Time is not on our side; we need the collaboration of clinicians and researchers; we need funding. Oddly, those who rally endlessly for donations for the breast cancer cause choose not to fund the vaccine, yet they offer no explanation other than to say they agree we need collaboration, to have barriers removed…well then, let’s see collaboration, let’s remove the barriers and make this vaccine we have now become a reality; let’s see the end of breast cancer…while we are all still alive.

Want to know more?  Check out this post by Cindy Sullivan. The following is an excerpt:

Breast Cancer PREVENTION Is Knocking On Our Door. Who will answer?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is just around the corner and while we are encouraged to run, walk and wave our pink ribbon, The Pink Vaccine, the world’s first PREVENTIVE breast cancer vaccine awaits funding. This vaccine could potentially save more than $86.44 Billion in healthcare costs in this country, per year.

A preventive vaccine, developed by Dr. Vincent Tuohy of the Cleveland Clinic was found to be 100% effective in preventing breast cancer in mice. Even mice bred for a high incidence of breast cancer failed to develop it when the vaccine was administered. Further, researchers found that mice already infected with breast cancer saw a marked reduction in tumors after being given this vaccine.

Funding for The Pink Vaccine would have a tremendous affect on millions of lives as well as on spiraling health care costs in our country. The $6 Million needed to move forward….read more.

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Elyn Jacobs

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Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services and radio show, please visit:  https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com.  To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit www.W4CS.com, Tuesdays at 1pm (EST).

  1. I’m a strong supporter of funding Phase I studies of Tuohy’s preventive breast cancer vaccine. It’s a tragedy that it sits on the shelf at the Cleveland Clinic waiting for the funds to take the next step and see if it’s safe for use in women. I’m certain that we will find the money and that this vaccine will be put to the test. It’s a shame that we’re in a state of suspended animation at the moment; but that won’t last forever. Thank you, Elyn, for your strength and support for this potentially game-changing innovation – the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine.

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