Rss

Archives for : October2015

The American Cancer Society has interesting (troubling?) recommendations on breast cancer screenings…

In short, the American Cancer Society is saying to get fewer mammograms.

Yes, this made me scratch my head as well. But, according to Slate (forgive me for basically putting the whole piece in here, but it’s good info written perfectly), this is based on research that has been saying this is the way to go for over a decade…

Today, the American Cancer Society made a long-overdue shift in its breast-cancer screening recommendations, finally aligning itself with scores of studies that have documented the pitfalls of mammograms for decades. Since 2003, the ACS has suggested that women get annual mammograms and clinical breast exams after age 40, making it one of the most prominent cheerleaders for early and frequent screenings.

The new guidelines advise that women without heightened risk of breast cancer begin annual mammograms at age 45 and switch to every other year when they reach age 54, as long as they’re expected to live for another decade. This recommended decrease in screenings may seem backwards, but it makes sense in the arc of a woman’s aging body. After menopause, tumors that arise are less likely to be the more dangerous, fast-growing kind; and a woman’s breast tissue changes, making her mammograms easier for doctors to decode. The ACS has also categorically withdrawn its support for clinical breast exams, wherein a medical practitioner feels for breast abnormalities with his or her hands.

Whoa whoa whoa.

So fewer mammograms, AND no clinical breast exams?

Mind blown.

However, the reasoning for the latter makes sense (kinda) to me. The ACS states that your doctor feels your breasts once a year, and feels A LOT of breasts just in one day. How could they possibly be able to detect changes in *your* breasts?

In my mind, I’d figure that it’s less about them feeling for changes, and more about them knowing what a troubling lump feels like, right? So yeah, I’m still gonna need this to happen.

Then there’s this:

But self-exams have been widely discredited by medical authorities, too, for begetting the same kinds of unnecessary biopsies and treatment for non-life-threatening cancers that mammograms do.

Want to be more confused/troubled?

In the end, it comes down to a numbers game. Of course, some lives would be saved by more frequent breast screenings, but the breast cancers most likely to be found in a screening mammogram (that is, not a diagnostic one, which is performed when a patient already has symptoms or a lump) are ones that are never fated to become invasive or life-threatening. And by the time a screening detects the most aggressive, metastasizing cancer, it’s nearly always too late. The cancers in the middle—the life-threatening ones that a mammogram can catch early enough to halt—are extraordinarily rare. One thousand 50-year-old women have to get annual mammograms for an entire decade to save just one life.

So what does that leave us with?

I’ve mentioned before that I’m very concerned/troubled with the (seemingly) recent trend in breast cancer diagnoses for women in their 30s. In fact, I was just told about another one today.

She’s 35.

What’s going on? Has anybody addressed this? Why are young adult women being diagnosed with breast cancer? Has this been an issue for a while but we’re just now hearing about it?

And an even more important question, WHAT CAN WE DO!?

Mammograms, breast self-exams, and clinical breast exams have all led to unnecessary medical treatment for benign breast abnormalities or non-invasive cancers. When we’ve been told over and over again that it’s our responsibility to prevent our own death from breast cancer, it’s hard to turn around and kick our vigilance down a notch—but for now, that’s the best we can do.

Bottom line?

Mammograms, clinical breast exams, AND self exams usually end up with a lot of women receiving a lot of unnecessary treatment.

  1. By the time mammograms detect a concerning life-threatening lump, it’s (more than likely) already too late.
  2. Self exams usually end up with women freaking out over a change that is harmless.
  3. Clinical breast exams aren’t effective and also lead to unnecessary treatment.

Are there new procedures/screenings/methods/machines being looked into?

Here’s some info I read on Facebook today:

“Also ladies, in case you do not know MD Anderson has a preventative care clinic and most insurance covers preventative care. I say that because some places are not equipped with the proper technology to screen certain individual (example, a woman with dense breasts)… If you need to make an appointment, please call 713-792-6161 and ask for the preventative care clinic.”

So much to take in.

And you all know about the (relatively) new genetic testing for cancer?

A major breakthrough has occurred in breast cancer research—the development of genetic testing that can tell if you are genetically predisposed to developing breast cancer by identifying the BRCA1 gene. The National Cancer Institute explains that these human genes “belong to a class of genes known as tumor suppressors,” which when harmfully mutated increase “a woman’s risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer.”

Her Campus

Well, there was a woman on a radio station I listen to saying that she had all of the genetic testing done. She came back all clear. No cancer cells detected.

And then she ended up with stage 2 breast cancer.

So. What now?

What do you all think of the new recommendations from the American Cancer Society?

So Ann Coulter read Raven-Symoné for FILTH. {WATCH}

Just gonna drop this here…

 

Look.

I’m not here AT ALL for Ann Coulter. She is a vile human being.

But for THESE 50 seconds or so?

Yeah. She made me smile.

Raven, you’ve officially been released by the blacks in the racial draft. Like…we aren’t even trading for you. You got read by Ann freaking Coulter.  ANN COULTER SHUT YOU DOWN. Yeah we just kinda want you gone.

Bye.

 

NBC’s “The Wiz” – Live *screams in excitement*

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

Okay. So FIRST of all, if you haven’t seen “The Wiz,” you need…NEED to go get your life. It was released in 1978 and is EVERYTHING.

MV5BMTk0Njk0NzQ2MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDkwNTYyMQ@@._V1_SX640_SY720_

Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as Tin Man, Ted Ross as The Cowardly Lion, Richard Pryor as The Wiz, Lena Horne as Glinda the Good Witch….and on and on and on!

 

 

Look at one of Michael Jackson’s famous scenes!

As you can see…I’m a fan.

Well, when I first heard about a remake I must admit that I wasn’t too thrilled. But after seeing the casting and the first images, I am EXCITED! I believe (hope!?) that “The Wiz” – Live does “The Wiz” some justice.

Check it out (via US Weekly)!

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: Ne-Yo as Tinman -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

THE WIZ LIVE! — Season: 2015 — Pictured: Ne-Yo as Tinman — (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: Shanice Williams as Dorothy -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

THE WIZ LIVE! — Season: 2015 — Pictured: Shanice Williams as Dorothy — (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: Elijah Kelly as Scarecrow -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

THE WIZ LIVE! — Season: 2015 — Pictured: Elijah Kelly as Scarecrow — (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: David Alan Grier as Lion -- (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

THE WIZ LIVE! — Season: 2015 — Pictured: David Alan Grier as Lion — (Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

And here’s more of the cast:

Wicked Witch of the West: Mary J. Blige

Glinda: Uzo Aduba

The Wiz: Queen Latifah

The Bouncer: Common

Addaperle: Amber Riley

Auntie Em: Stephanie Mills

And here’s a video posted on the Facebook Account:

 

NBC is bringing you an all-star cast for The Wiz Live! Watch Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and more LIVE December 3.

Posted by The Wiz on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

*squeals*

The casting is PERFECT (of course I feel like Bey should be in here somewhere but that’s neither here nor there). The costumes are PERFECT! I’m looking forward to the production being PERFECT as well!

December 3, 2015 on NBC, y’all!! WATCH IT!

“Women are too emotional to be POTUS” – T.I., basically

Okay so that’s not a direct quote, but, according to Vibe, this is what T.I. DID say during an interview with DJ Whoo Kid:

“Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman,” he said. “Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions – and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to the Lochness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].”

First of all, T.I. has every right to his opinion.

But I need him to understand that “not to be sexist but” followed by making a VERY sexist remark is stupid and cowardly. At least stand tall in your sexism, ya know? Or maybe he doesn’t understand the definition of sexism?

sex·ism
ˈsekˌsizəm/
noun
 
  1. prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.

Got it (Google is your friend)?

He is saying that a woman is only capable of holding positions up to a certain level ONLY because of….emotions? Women (most) don’t handle their career business like they handle their relationships and interactions with close friends and family. And let’s be honest. His negative experiences with emotional women probablyyyyyyyyy haven’t been the Hillary Clinton types. I’mmmmmmmm just saying. We aren’t all built the same.

This statement is saying that a man is better fit to be POTUS simply because…he’s a man.

Dear T.I.,

That’s sexist.

Image result for disgusted face

(P.S. Can someone teach T.I. how that whole government/politics thing works cause it looks like he thinks Hillary Clinton can walk in a room and hit a button to fire off a nuke whilst drowning in tears holding a bottle of wine……)

Updated, 11:40am

Ha. Record timing.

And a brilliant response.

So this just happened: Victor Cruz’s fiancee group messaged all his sidechicks

Victor Cruz’s (New York Giants wide receiver) fiancee, Elaina Watley, sent a group message to all of hii sidechicks.

ALL of his sidechicks.

All of them.

Here’s the message….

 

Annnnnnd here’s my face….

Disgusted+black+man+_7e2199690e013c89074a69cd82df1bef

Girl.

Why.

Ladies….WHY DO Y’ALL DO THIS!?

Why are you contacting your man’s sidechicks?

Elaina is the one who looks silly here! Those women aren’t gonna care AT ALL about this little message (I mean, one of them had to leak it, right?)! A hoe doesn’t care about being called a hoe. Come on, Ma. This isn’t a good look.

Take it up with your man. SMH

BUT WAIT!

It seems like she HAS taken it up with him..and…she’s okay with it? Soooooo why the message?

*scratches head*

K.