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
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.
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.
Click here for a complete
list of breast cancer charities that do and do not conduct animal experiments. And this October, instead of buying up pink, let’s put the
charities that are actually helping women in the black.
Article source: PETA Files