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  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:01 AM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)

    CFTC Speaks Out

    The American Cancer Society has come out with new guidelines regarding mammograms and screening, changing the standard practice of more than two decades. The new guidelines call for annual mammograms at age 45 rather than 40; mammograms for women age 55 – 65 every two years, and recommended against annual physician breast checks for women at any age.

    The logic given was that these new guidelines would reduce over diagnosis and false positives resulting in unnecessary anxiety and costly treatment. This also supports the new medical thinking that a subset of cancer tumors may never grow enough to harm a patient. What this doesn’t address is the fact that breast cancer is one of the leading killers of women in the U.S.; 225,000 women are diagnosed with this disease each year; and 41,000 women die.

    Nothing was mentioned to my knowledge regarding the importance of monthly self-checks, and NO alternative solutions were given to address the real fear to every woman on the planet regarding the possibility of getting breast cancer.  If you have a history of breast cancer, a fairly clear path has been written out for you. But for those with dense breasts and/or for the more than 50% of women who can get cancer without a family history… is the ACS asking us to just wait and see? What about those women over 65? Are we too old to care about getting mammograms?

    I don’t know about you but I am confused and angry that some group (that sounds a lot like it's made up primarily of men) are making recommendations regarding women's lives. How about this… We won’t tell you how to manage your penis, if you'll stop telling women how to manage their boobs!

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 11:59 AM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)

    Millions of volunteers have participated in clinical trials to help find out more about the effects of treatments on disease, yet that important ethical principle about reporting has been widely ignored. Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated

    Trials with negative results are twice as likely to remain unreported as those with positive results. This means that people who make decisions about medicines don’t have full information about the benefits and risks of treatments we use every day.

    All trials should be registered and all trial results need to be reported. Transparency is the key to solving many of the health issues plaguing us today.  There is so much that we can learn from both successful and unsuccessful trials and we owe it to the volunteer patients who have participated in these trials to be counted.  Some people have literally given their lives so that others can benefit from the knowledge obtained from clinical trial data. No drug company or university lab has the right to dictate what data gets published. Standards need to be established, monitored, and enforced worldwide.

    Critters For The Cure supports the brilliant scientific and medical minds that have created potential life-saving drugs and test kits, and the volunteer patients who risk their lives for “the cure” or “improved or extended life.” From some of our greatest failures comes our greatest discovery. Let neither ego nor greed get in the way knowledge. #AllTrials #CFTC

    For more info on All Trials Campaign:

    http://www.senseaboutscienceusa.org/alltrials/    

  • Sunday, March 16, 2014 9:18 PM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)
    How our Calendar Photographer, Judy Licht, came to find Critters For The Cure... and her connection to our little organization. Truly a wonderful story. Please click this link and enjoy this wonderful vignette.
    http://judylicht.com/category/cancer/
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:55 AM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)
    Check out Clancy Kress in her live interview this past Sunday morning! She and Scully, CFTC Canine Ambassador, spoke with Lisa Berigan to share what CFTC is all about and to highlight our upcoming 2014 10th Anniversary Gala. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the chat!

    http://www.wbig.com/media/podcast-lisa-berigan-lisa/critters-for-the-cure-24315751/
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:34 PM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)
    When 12 year old Kelly found out her mother had breast cancer, she wanted to help in any way she could. So when she was given a school project in 7th grade, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. Kelly created this powerpoint presentation for her project: earning her an A in school, her mom's pride and love, and Critter For The Cure's complete and thorough appreciation! Click here to see Kelly's project:  A SPECIAL SCHOOL PROJECT.pdf.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:43 PM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)
    Your generous donation is 100% tax deductible. Furthermore, 85% of your gift will be used to help local women navigate life beyond breast and gynecological cancers. Consider making a holiday gift that will truly make a difference. Donate today at www.crittersforthecure.org!
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:00 AM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)
    When America Gives As Good As it Gets

    This year, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Critters For The Cure is a part of a call to action that will change the holiday calendar and help make history --#GivingTuesday.

    CFTC is asking you to join individuals, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more to come together and celebrate
    giving during the Holiday Season. #GivingTuesday will show how the world can do much more with our wallets than just consume -- we can give back too!

    Donating feels good. Donating makes a difference. Donating is easy.
    Click here Donate to CFTC Today!

  • Friday, November 29, 2013 4:16 PM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)
    Perhaps in the frenzy of getting ready for the much anticipated Thanksgiving Feast, we forget what this holiday is all about. At CFTC, we are thankful for you -  Our loyal supporters. Our friends. Our sponsors. Our volunteers. Our grant recipients. For without you, there would be no Critters For The Cure. And until there is a cure for women's cancers, we must continue to on with our mission: to help navigate life beyond cancer... one woman at a time. Until that time, however, we remain thankful for you. 
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:35 AM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)
    We have been busily planning for our upcoming Gala! And we think you're gonna have a ball! Save the date - Friday, March 14th from 6:30-10:30 at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg! Get your party dress and dancing shoes ready - it's almost party time!
  • Friday, October 18, 2013 11:49 AM | Clancy Kress (Administrator)
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