Today I got an e-mail from The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure asking me to sign a petition to help them ensure that all women have access to breast cancer screening. The message stems from the new recommendations coming from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Nov. 17.
I think that it’s an important issue that all women should have access to breast cancer screening and I’m in complete agreement with that.
What I have a problem with is the Komen organization itself. They send me countless messages all the time asking me to help them on breast cancer issues, which I do, and that’s great. But I have a problem understanding the conflict between their promotion and advocacy for breast cancer issues, and the fact that one of the current congressmen who vows to block health insurance reform is none other than Joe Lieberman, whose wife Hadassah is now the Global Ambassador for the Komen organization. (I wrote extensively about this a few days ago.)
How is it that they’re pushing for positive issues on health care reform and seek to “ensure that all women have access to breast cancer screening” while at the same time courting Sen. Lieberman at their events, and working with his wife who is their “Global Ambassador?”
I think we should ask them that very question, don’t you?