Comments from litothela

You definitely make some great points, but we HAVE TO distinguish the issues of general breast cancer, and breast cancer risk due to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC). Changing your lifestyle and environmental factors that contribute to breast cancer and cancer in general is great. There are tons of studies currently underway looking at specific lifestyle factors for BRCA1/2 mutation carriers that can help them ameliorate their risk of breast, ovarian, and other cancers. Lifestyle change alone for BRCA1/2 carriers, however, WILL NOT reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancer anywhere CLOSE to that of preventive surgeries. Genetics IS absolutely the main risk factor for this subgroup of people. You cannot eliminate the fact that the gene is mutated in every cell of their body. People should have access to this genetic test, and should be able to choose whether to pursue these LITERALLY life-saving surgeries. If and only if there is a REASON to do it. For BRCA1/2 carriers, there is a reason. It really does suck that there is not a better risk-reducing option for BRCA1/2 carriers at this point. For the average person with breast cancer or a mild-moderate family history of breast cancer (not due to HBOC), there is not typically a reason to do these surgeries, and any competent genetic counselor/oncologist would not offer/recommend this.
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May 20, 2013 on Monsters’ Ball: The Week’s Best Comments
litothela | Posted at 3:29pm 0 Her course of action is ASBOLUTELY a ‘recommended’/encouraged/offered option for women who carry BRCA1/2 mutations. It is NOT an irresponsible course of action. Please educate yourself about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (again, a subset that accounts for only 5-10% of all cases of breast cancer) and the guidelines for screening/treatment/prevention. She is NOT advocating that the average woman, or even MOST women with a family history of breast cancer pursue these treatments. You are VERY right that preventive mastectomies are NOT recommended for the average individual. But a person who carries a BRCA1/2 mutation is not the average individual. - Your friendly neighbourhood videogummer who works in medical genetics and has seen dozens and dozens of patients with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer/other cancer predisposition syndromes
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May 20, 2013 on Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy
Her course of action is ASBOLUTELY a 'recommended'/encouraged/offered option for women who carry BRCA1/2 mutations. It is NOT an irresponsible course of action. Please educate yourself about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (again, a subset that accounts for only 5-10% of all cases of breast cancer) and the guidelines for screening/treatment/prevention. She is NOT advocating that the average woman, or even MOST women with a family history of breast cancer pursue these treatments. You are VERY right that preventive mastectomies are NOT recommended for the average individual. But a person who carries a BRCA1/2 mutation is not the average individual. - Your friendly neighbourhood videogummer who works in medical genetics and has seen dozens and dozens of patients with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer/other cancer predisposition syndromes
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May 20, 2013 on Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy
"No offense, I just think Kelly is awful and an infant and has no idea what she's talking about when it comes to anything. But totally no offense!!" - you
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September 29, 2012 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread
1. Not true, my friend. Every couple in the general population has about a 2-3% chance to have a baby born with some sort of birth defect - this number encompasses things ranging from heart defects to cleft lips to recessive genetic conditions to Down syndrome. For first cousins, this risk doubles to be 4-6% chance of having a child with some sort of birth defect. (However, still means ~95% chance their babies will be fine!!) First generation breeding does have a higher chance of having a child with a genetic condition or birth defect. As relations get more distant from one and other, risks go down to get closer to the general population risk. (I work in clinical genetics and occasionally see couples who are related to each other). But yes, we totally have condoms and the pill =)! (..that wasn't a sarcastic smiley).
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September 12, 2012 on Reader Poll: Do You Agree With Nick Cassavetes About Incest? N/N?
My brain just actually exploded due to the inanity of everything you just said. I am dead now and thankfully no longer on this planet.
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July 11, 2012 on Daniel Tosh Encourages Audience To Rape Another Member Of Audience, LOL.0
'the line is funny' Yeah I'm pretty positive it means something's wrong with your brain.
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July 11, 2012 on Daniel Tosh Encourages Audience To Rape Another Member Of Audience, LOL.0
In a lovely, ideal world, when people said or did anything, you would be able to divine their true intent - everyone around them would understand what they really meant, who they are as a person, and what messages they actually want to send out to the world. We do not live in this world, and when people in the media, with a large audience like this idiot has, say things like this, even if deep down he is a feminist (HA), the message is - I mean this thing, and it is okay for others to mean this thing also.
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July 10, 2012 on Daniel Tosh Encourages Audience To Rape Another Member Of Audience, LOL.0
Wait, in your head, a variation of 'she should be gang-raped' occurred, BEFORE you read what he said? That was your first instinct? PLEASE EXAMINE YOUR LIFE IN THE MIRROR TONIGHT AND THINK ABOUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR BRAIN. Please.
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July 10, 2012 on Daniel Tosh Encourages Audience To Rape Another Member Of Audience, LOL.0
Nothing makes me HAPPIER than talk of gang-rape! What a blessed SOUL he is for trying to so kindly impart such joy and laughter upon the world. (@jwormyk)
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July 10, 2012 on Daniel Tosh Encourages Audience To Rape Another Member Of Audience, LOL.0
Whoa whoa, let's all just look at the pure JOY and HAPPINESS on that woman's face! It is her friends and family and loved ones, all in one place, complete with jokes about Dancing Jews and a proposal from a dude who clearly loves her a bunch. Look how happy they all are! Let's be happy for them being happy? I may have cried at this video. Please don't mock me.
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May 29, 2012 on It’s Public Marriage Proposal Season Again
Whaaaaat?! What human being has a waist like this?! Inhuman photoshoppingargghrgg.
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August 22, 2011 on Duh Aficionado Magazine: January Jones Is One Of The Worst People On Earth
I am pretty sure the majority of people in our western world do not, on a daily basis, think about genocide going on, or horrific things being done to women and homosexuals, etc etc etc. If you think about that on a regular basis that's great because maybe you realize what's going on in the world out there - you are not the target for the message of the video - but just keep in mind most people don't give a flying fuck, and maybe if someone shoves it in people's faces a bit they JUST MIGHT think, hey wait, this ginger elimination isn't that out-there of a concept at all. She's not trying to 'fight' violence, she's trying to show you the violence that already exists. Reading about it, hearing statistics about it, all of that doesn't do shit for the average person. No one could care less about genocides going on, if we are being truthful, because we don't have to see it all the time, and probably are not directly effected by them.
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April 27, 2010 on M.I.A. – “Born Free” Video (NSFW)
"when I sing live it is just the sound of a wild animal crashing through a haunted forest, shrieking as the demons continue their pursuit." I am going to LOL all evening at this.
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March 18, 2010 on Ke$ha Performed “Blah Blah Blah” On American Idol Last Night, Has Yet To Apologize