In the past I have had numerous conversations on the subject with experts from the medical profession, today I speak with one of their complementary counterparts, Ms Sara Williams, the Director and Founder of Foundational Breast Care, an international social enterprise whose primary purpose is to inspire responsible and enduring breast care. Ms Williams opens up the conversation by stating the obvious fact that our global health systems are collectively buckling under the strain of demand. At a time when demand is soaring, governments are cutting spending to these juggernaut portfolios as they grapple with the knowledge that as a society we cannot afford financially nor in fact morally, to continue to feed the health care machine in its current form.
She adds that for the first time in recorded history, those overweight outweigh those underweight. More people are surviving cancer longer, but our rates of cancer diagnosis balloon to alarming and unacceptable numbers.
The Global Burden of Disease study reported we are ‘Living Longer Sicker’, throwing into question claims as to whether more people surviving longer after a cancer diagnosis is actually the success we believe it to be.
There is a distinct difference between living and existing, Ms Williams accentuates and then continues…
Breast Cancer is a case in point. October began as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985 in the US, and whilst it is often cynically referred to today as Breast Cancer Industry Month, the spread of campaigning for the ‘war on breast cancer’ continues to spread like a pink rash across the globe.
Yet, on the eve of 30 years of campaigning, the last World Health Organisation Cancer Report in 2014 gave an account of these key facts on Breast Cancer worldwide:
Ms Williams raises a very valid point:
If we believe the claims that we are winning the war on breast cancer with better treatments resulting in longer survival periods for women, why then are so many women being diagnosed? Some may say this is due to greater numbers than ever before being screened, but the strengthening over-diagnosis lobby would raise the issue of the disturbing figures on diagnoses that turn out to be false positive, not to mention the treatments that take place on women whose diagnosis may never have eventuated into a malignancy anyway. However, even if our screening is so effective or excessive in number, the fact remains that breast cancer is still the most common form of cancer death amongst women, four years on from the statistic above…Why?
We need to ask;
Have we settled for the artifice of a peace treaty with this ‘enemy within’ instead of going for the root cause? AND
Even though medical research itself states 95% of all cancers are epigenetic, why are we so reticent to accept the part we have as contributors in the presence of diseases such as breast cancer?
In case the reader is curious why are we ignoring statements made by experienced people in the field of health and healing, based on years of astute observation?
Ms Williams replies:
“When for example, Dr Christopher Wild, a co-editor of the WHO World Cancer Report and Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer notes "Nearly half of all cancers could be prevented" and "We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem” citing lifestyle choices as fundamental. And world renowned philosopher, health practitioner and innovator, Serge Benhayon taking it deeper in his observances of the energetic impact of lifestyle choices such as the attitudes and emotions we let build up in the body, commenting as far back as early 2000 “Lack of Self Nurturing is now a significant global problem and in particular for women, as it is the energetic cause of breast cancer and its ill rise in our societies everywhere”, why do we not respond to the possibility that this may in fact be true, with as much investigative rigour as we do investing in the next treatment to obliterate those proliferating cells, or as much dedication to understanding how this may be a turning point observation, as we do to training for the next body bashing, money raising marathon, followed by cupcakes washed down by coffee or champagne?”
If responsibility were to be fostered, encouraged and confirmed in our approach to health care, this would require us to accept that we are significant contributors to our state of health and wellbeing – a fact that at once is a great liberator from suffering through the confirmation of the power of choice, and yet it is a liberation that cannot occur without acceptance of our agency in creating the suffering in the first place.
Ms Williams, speaking on behalf of the growing body of leading women from the medical, allied health, corporate, private and public sectors that comprise Foundational Breast Care, ends with a significant question, and one that offers a timely stop moment: What if the War on Breast Cancer is a Ruse - a tactical ploy we are all complicit in avoiding responsibility?
Author: Dragana Brown, Writer, World Affairs & Lifestyle Commentator, regular contributor on Huffington Post UK, works with UHNW individuals and business entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries.
You may also be interested in:
Breast Cancer and Self Breast Massage - Video interview with Lee-Ann Bailey, diagnosed and treated for breast cancer (invasive ductal carcinoma) in 2012 and carries the BRCA2 gene, speaks of the value of Self Breast Massage as an essential part of her breast care.
A Mother's Breast Cancer - Video with mother and daughter Jean & Jess Gamble