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August 18, 2003

What Causes Breast Cancer?
Debbie Quigley-Keats

Dear all:

After reading so many of your eloquently written posts on bc and stress I've come to the realization that I've bought into the lunacy that the medical community has been feeding us hook line and sinker.

Do they tell men with prostate cancer that it was probably due to their stressfull lives, bad eating habits, lack of exercise, being overweight and all around bad attitude about life that caused? In short it's their fault.

I don't see how they can tell us that to reduce the risk of getting bc all we need to do is follow this simple plan and we won't get it, considering they don't have a clue what causes it in the first place. Every doctor you talk to interprets the data found in studies a different way.

We're constantly bombarded with new claims that contradict the old claims such as; HRT doesn't increase your risk of bc - HRT does increase your risk of bc; Tamoxifen causes endometrial cancer - Tamoxifen causes endometrial cancer only if you've been on HRT; HRT does not include the pill - The pill is considered HRT...........etc....etc.

These are just a few of the contradictory items I've read lately. I really don't know what to think anymore. But I refuse to believe that I did a damned thing to cause bc to happen to me.

I do exercise now but only because it makes me feel better, not because I think it will keep the cancer from coming back. I've gone back to eating meat because I like it. I've destressed my life because I'm happier that way and I drink wine occassionally because I like that too. I do not believe that any of these things will increase my risk of recurrance.

I've always thought of myself as an enlightened woman and my friends and family tell me they look up to me because I'm strong and assertive and tell it like it is. But even strong assertive women when faced with a terrifying disease are liable to fall victim to the idea that it's their fault especially when in essence, that's what they're told. Thank you all for setting me straight!
Debbie Q-K
October 4, 2000

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