by Rebecca Honig Friedman
Events preventing Israelis from attending the recent Mideast breast cancer conference resulted from “misinformation” from low-level Egyptian officials to low-level Israeli officials, according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure spokesperson Emily Callahan, the Jerusalem Post reported Friday.
According to Callahan and Komen founder Nancy Brinker, Israelis were never officially dis-invited, and their visas were not going to be denied: “After working with the US Embassy in Cairo, she said, Komen was able ‘to clarify that it was misinformation. Indeed, the Israelis were invited to come,’ Callahan said.”
Brinker, who is Jewish, said she was “very upset about it” and that the organization “did the very, very best that we could given the circumstances we were dealt.”
And Hadassah prez Nancy Falchuk is backing up this version of events: “‘I will validate everything Nancy is saying,’ she said.”
This show of support comes as Hadassah has formed a partnership with Komen “in opposition to new guidelines for breast cancer screening,” as described in the JPost article.
The U.S. Department of Health’s new guidelines recommend that most women get routine mammograms only after the age of 50 and only every two years (the old guidelines recommended annual mammograms for women 40 and older), and discourages women from conducting breast self-exams. But these guidelines have been drawing opposition from many in the women’s health community, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Hadassah.
Posted on November 28th, 2009 Filed under: Uncategorized |