When it comes to finding a cure….we haven’t even started!
You can’t help but see pink ribbons, t-shirts, professional athletes wearing pink armbands and even pink painted lines on soccer fields without knowing it’s breast cancer awareness month.
As I start to see the pink procession of color, I can’t help to ask how far we’ve come in our goal of curing breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure continues to grow every year and there is no lack of breast cancer awareness with all the publicity and signs of pink. “Support your pink…Your purchase will go toward finding a cure”.
The numbers are daunting. More than 1 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The good news is that we are saving more lives and the death rate has dropped by one third due to new drugs and treatments. Every time you purchase something with a pink ribbon on it, you are making a contribution to the research for more drugs and testing to treat and help prolong one’s life with breast cancer. That’s a good thing! But there’s something missing. How can we find a “Cure” if all we’re doing is finding more treatments?
The fact is that the number 1 risk for breast cancer is age. Gender, or being female, is number 2. Men account for only 1% of all breast cancer cases. There are many risk factors for breast cancer which can be reviewed at http://bit.ly/ng2z4r.
I recommend the book, “Better Breast Health for Life!” by The Breast Health Education Group. It outlines proactive things you can do to PREVENT breast cancer. Here are a few highlights and recommendations for prevention:
1. Alkalinize your diet
2. The use of iodine
3. Anti-cancer/Anti-inflammatory diets
4. The benefits and types of soy to use
5. Environmental Estrogens-Xenoestrogens
6. Vitamin D and other supplements
7. Other tests- thermography, estrogen metabolites, etc.
Let’s continue to find more treatments, but let’s try to reduce the risk of breast cancer with dietary, environmental and lifestyle factors and change our statistics.