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Is the Komen Foundation Running for a Cure or for Themselves?

by Tony Isaacs

(The Best Years in Life) Each year sees more and more widely publicized "Race for the Cure" and other breast cancer events staged by the Komen Foundation. In 2013 over 100 such events occured. As this $400 million per year giant pink gorilla of cancer charities continues to grow, the question that begs answering is: "Is the Komen Foundation really running (or walking) for a cure for breast cancer or are they instead running mostly to keep their foundation going and the money flowing in?"

After all, one would think that any serious effort to find a cure for breast cancer or just about any other forms of cancers would center on the role of toxins, which are increasingly recognized as far and away the major cause of cancer. Yet, in the Komen Foundation's lengthy list of risk factors, nary a mention is made of risks posed by exposure to toxins.


Furthermore, though mammograms have come under increasing scrutiny for causing cancer and leading to unnecessary surgeries and treatments, the Komen foundation gives but lip service to the "debate over mammograms” and continues to promote mammograms as an important screening tool. The Komen Foundation recommends that women get regular mammograms starting at age 40, stating that “despite some ongoing debate, mammography is still the best screening tool widely used today for the early detection of breast cancer.

Perhaps answers to those and other questions can be found in taking a look at the corporate sponsors and stock ownership of the Komen Foundation. Is it a coincidence that Komen has numerous food companies and cosmetic companies as sponsors, whose products have been identified as containing GMOs and toxins which may contribute to cancer?

Likewise, is it a coincidence that Komen including General Mills owns stock in General Electric, one of the largest makers of mammogram machines in the world. Komen also reportedly either owns stock in, or has close relationships with, several pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca (now AzkoNobel)?

One notable example of corporate sponsor for the Komen Foundation is food giant General Mills, which is listed among their Million Dollar Elite Club. General Mills also spent over $1 Million on another cause recently - the successful corporate effort to defeat the California GMO labelling initiative.

AstraZeneca has long been a Komen booster, making educational grants to Komen and having a visible presence at the Race For the Cure. At the 1998 Food and Drug Administration hearings, the Komen Foundation was the only national breast cancer group to endorse the AstraZeneca cancer treatment drug tamoxifen as a prevention device for healthy but high-risk women, despite vehement opposition by most other breast cancer groups because of its links to uterine cancer.

As noted in the 2003 article “Compromised”, “Participants in the Race for the Cure are often greeted as they cross the finish line with live music, inspirational speakers and acres of colorfully adorned corporate booths. Pink, the chosen color of the international breast cancer movement, is everywhere, on hats, T-shirts, teddy bears and ribbons. A sense of community and camaraderie pervades the celebration by thousands of breast cancer survivors and friends of survivors.”

"What's missing is the truth," says Judy Brady of the Toxic Links Coalition in San Francisco. She wants to see a cure for breast cancer as much as anyone, but she and her group, along with several other activist breast cancer groups, have something to point out about the Susan G. Komen Foundation's activities: "There's no talk about prevention except, in terms of lifestyle, your diet for instance. No talk about ways to grow food more safely. No talk about how to curb industrial carcinogens. No talk about contaminated water."


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If the Komen Foundation were truly running to find a cure, would it not make sense that they would be keenly interested in how a woman beat terminal breast cancer? In at least one instance, the Komen Foundation instead ran right on by one woman who tried to contact them to tell them how she used natural therapies to beat what mainstream doctors had said was terminal cancer.

Reported the woman:

"I was shocked an appalled when I tried to contact every single person of importance at Susan G. foundation. I had completed my traditional therapies, my stage IV metastatic disease was said to be terminal and yet here I am! No Evidence of Disease!

"I was euphoric and feel like God personally guided me through this process. Immediately I faxed, called, emailed dozens of people at Susan G. Komen foundation to let them know they can stop running.

"The only contacts I received were when they wanted me to give them money, 'To help find a cure.' Haha!

"I was shocked, betrayed, appalled and sickened that no one in the research department would call me back, ... I got their fax and faxed off a release of information and also my scans, .... proof! Still, ... no call back.

"I beat my disease, (i didn't say cured) and no one cared, ... not a one. No media, no doctor, no foundation gave (me) the time of day.

"The advocacy group I used stated that all foundations were like this.

"They don't really want to find a cure, they want to keep searching and doing experiments so that they can keep their jobs."

That appears to be the case - and then some - when it comes to the Komen Foundation. In order to tap into corporate funding, they have essentially sold their identity to corporations whose products contribute to cancer. One glaring example is the Komen went into a commercial promotion with KFC, selling big pink buckets of greasy fried chicken.

This latest campaign between KFC and Komen is “simply pinkwashing at its worst,” Barbara A. Brenner, JD, executive director of BCA, told Medscape Oncology. “This is just so wrong on every level. . . . This is so much more about KFC’s bottom line than about curing breast cancer,” she said.

See also:

Think before going pink: Many breast cancer awareness sponsors profit from cancer

Breast Cancer Deception – Hiding the Truth beneath a Sea of Pink

Other sources included:,_Mandatory_Labeling_of_Genetically_Engineered_Food_(2012)

About the author

Tony Isaacs is a member of the National Health Federation and the American Botanical Council. He is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy." Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador, Health Secrets, the Cancer Tutor, the Silver Bulletin, the New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, and several other venues. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum. He is also the local moderator of the CureZone Cancer Alternatives forum. Tony and his partner Luella May host The Best Years in Life natural health website where their motto is "It's never too late or too early to begin living longer, healthier and happier lives."

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