I was interviewed today on “Freedom For All” radio show: http://lnkd.in/b5KSZVx
Thanks to Jim and Jennifer Ellis for shining the light….the TRUTH shall set us FREE from Mammograms and Pink Fuzzy Dice!
Also, be sure to check out my article and send to all the women you know and love:
About Donna Pinto
I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.
thank you so much, Donna! What a treat to hear from you personally, about your own experiences and insights. You gave such an informative and inspiring interview.
I do hope the divide you mentioned at the end of your interview (in terms of people who may ‘get it’ vs. not, analogous to political parties) is not as crisp as you suggested. I personally think what will bring various perspectives together is one thing: DATA. Of course, while DCIS itself isn’t harmful it and of itself, its treatment is based on an assumption/hypothesis that DCIS will lead to invasive breast cancer at some frequency. I hope more research can be directed at understanding what that frequency is (current estimates in the literature are quite wide!), and how that conversion to IBC may vary across different “types” of DCIS, which are currently poorly defined. This knowledge would help women make better-informed choices.
So, while I couldn’t agree more with everything you said in the show, and I’m so grateful that you took the time to do this interview, I also think that basic scientific research can play a huge role in moving us all forward, toward a world in which all DCIS isn’t treated the same, and treated as if it’s invasive cancer.
thank you again, Donna, for being a strong, intelligent, and clear voice in the confusing world of “stage zero cancer”!
HI JG, thanks so much for listening and for sharing your comments. I appreciate your insights and I totally agree with you on DATA being the unifying factor…someday! The problem is the MISINFORMATION and hard-core PINK MARKETING which leads to the complete compliance of most women towards the conventional cancer medical model and total disregard and nonacceptance of “alternative,” holistic, non-toxic preventative treatments (especially for low grade DCIS). The reason I liken the BC divide to the political divide is because people can grasp an understanding of that — and unfortunately this is the case we are currently in. There is no convincing or persuading most medical BC surgeons and oncologists (and those that follow there guidance) — no matter what! I actually have some close friends who I had in mind when I was speaking about this…..they have recently gone through all the conventional breast cancer treatments, walked in the 3 day and believe wholeheartedly in the “pink for the cure” movement with mammograms being the key to saving lives. I donated to their fundraising efforts because that is the support they were asking for and they were friends in need of support. Do I believe that is the answer to find a cure for cancer. Absolutely not. The problem is the mainstream mindset of “pink for the cure” and “mammograms save lives” is so prevalent in our society. Look at Amy Robach perpetuating this on Good Morning America. She is a journalist and has the mammogram DATA right at her fingertips….yet this important research is disregarded and the “mammogram saved my life” mantra is perpetuated. Nobody from Good Morning America is discussing the truth about mammograms! Or better yet, how about if they have someone like Dr. Esserman discussing the data! Why is she not in the spotlight this month???? I guess it is up to us to keep getting the word out. I totally agree that more research needs to be directed at deciphering which DCIS is dangerous and which is indolent and can be left alone. Thank goodness for Dr. Esserman, Dr. Shelly Hwang and others who are working on these efforts. There already exists some good research on the harms of mammograms, yet it gets very little media attention and it is disregarded by the ACS and orgs like Susan G. Komen and the info continues to be twisted by conflicts of interest. And so misconceptions prevail and the divide continues on. I do believe this will eventually change! And the DATA will prove it!! Thanks JG for adding your perspective to this important conversation! Blessings and gratitude 🙂
I listened to your interview, great job and great information. You are indeed a shining light to all the women and those who love them who are seeking facts about DCIS and hearing you speak, so reasonably and informatively about your own experience of multiple surgeries was powerful. I am so so grateful for your blog and for everything you’ve done to open up the lines of communication about DCIS and overtreatment. And as you say, now that we have the internet and information, we no longer have to depend on the doctors for everything. I had some interaction last year with a girl who had never been told that a titanium chip was going to be put into her breast during the biopsy. She was so angry, so incensed about not being told that she demanded that no chip be put in when she had her biopsy (which turned out to be negative). It’s that type of thing that makes us all so frustrated but people like you make the real difference! Bless you, and I’ll always be a loyal follower of your blog and put out as much info as I can regarding my own experiences if it can be of help to others. You are the best!
Thank you so much informedconsent2014! You have no idea how great it feels to hear from you and to know there are other like-minded women going through similar experiences and feelings. It’s amazing how unsupported we can feel in this quest for more truthful, transparent and less toxic, harmful treatments! May we continue to share and support one another. Thank you for being a loyal follower! YOU and others like you continue to inspire and fuel me! Blessings of peace, love, light and health 🙂 Donna
She is the best