Perhaps we don’t know definitively what causes breast cancer, but there are certain risk factors that have been established. Today, I learned that about 30% of breast cancer cases are linked to excess body fat. I also learned that being overweight increases chances of poor long-term health following breast cancer remission and that overweight breast cancer survivors are at higher risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. If you ever wonder why I am a little bit obsessed with exercising and eating right, this is why. I am not sure why breast cancer got me the first time, but I am determined to not give it a reason to come back and steal my hair again.
OMP, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! You know what that means, right?
Pink food. Pink drinks. Pink clothing. Pink jewelry. Pink golf balls. Pink baseball bats. Pink mugs. Pink ornaments. Pink sunglasses. Pink pens. Pink toilet paper. Pink … pizza boxes.
You name it — pink, pink, pink.
And to recap what I’ve said before, there are certain reasons I don’t like Pinktober. I don’t care for turning items pink and marketing them under the umbrella of awareness in order to make a dime. I don’t love it when mere pennies per purchase go toward the cause. And, I am really bothered by how sellers slap pink ribbons on not-so-safe products while claiming to be hunting down a cure (Mike’s Hard Lemonade comes to mind — if you didn’t already know, as little as one alcoholic beverage per day is a breast cancer risk factor for women).
So, those are my beefs with pink. Otherwise, I’m not a hater. I like pink stuff. I have pink stuff. And, sometimes, I give away pink stuff. It’s not all bad. Just some of it.
What’s your angle on October?
You might think all the pink products, all the donations, all the charitable giving that takes place during months like October means important life-saving work is being done on the breast cancer front.
You’d be wrong, according to sociologist Gayle A. Sulik, author of “Pink Ribbon Blues.”
In the time since the war on cancer began 40 years ago, things have gotten worse, not better, says Sulik.
In fact, a woman now has a 1-in-8 chance of getting breast cancer in her lifetime. Used to be 1 in 11 — in 1975.
And the risk of dying from the disease, upon diagnosis, decreased only .05 percent from 1990 to 2005.
Pretty sobering stats, huh?
Sulik has more to say on the topic: She weighs in on Susan G. Komen for the Cure, she believes Breast Cancer Awareness Month is too heavy on the cured, not the terminal, and did you know drug companies make loads of money from breast cancer? Oh, and by the way, the month was established by the American Cancer Society with funding from the pharmaceutical powerhouse Zeneca.
Seem a little fishy?
Pink Ribbon Blues. You got ‘em?
These are my absolute favorite headbands! I love them for me, and I love them for other people (they are perfect for affordable gift-giving).
Well, they just got better, because in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BondiBand (the place where function meets fashion) is slashing prices! Woo-Hoo!
Starting now, and through October 31, 2010, save $3 on cancer-themed headbands, including the solid-pink variety, and save $5 on cancer-themed hats. At the end of the month, 10% of gross proceeds will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Get yourself shopping, and pick up a few for you, then think about birthday gifts, teacher gifts, holiday gifts, and more. I’m headed there now — meet you there!
The pink ribbon has been popping up all over the place in anticipation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month — you know it starts tomorrow, right? Everything from hair dryers to toilet paper to Sharpie pens are turning shades of pink.
So are eggs!
Eggland’s Best eggs to be exact.
See for yourself the next time you’re strolling the aisles of your local grocery store.
How cool is that?
Just about as neat-o as a pink version of the iconic “EB” stamp appearing on individual eggs.
Kinda makes you not want to crack open that pretty little shell, doesn’t it? Well, you should, because what you’ll find inside is a powerhouse of nutrition. More to come on the nutrition front (I’ll be back with nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden, who will weigh in on the incredible, edible egg), and stay tuned over the next month or so, because I’ll be spouting out all sorts of other eggs-travagant information.
For now though, I just want to say Thank You to EB for the $50,000 they’ll be donating to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization), and for the opportunity to help spread the word about the health benefits of the good ‘ol egg. (Honored, I am, to have been chosen as one of the Eggland’s Best Pink Dozen bloggers.)
This post is sponsored by Eggland’s Best. I received monetary compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.
Tomorrow marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means almost everything in sight — from ball caps to band aids — will be turning pink. Some people don’t like it — think before you pink, they say, because some companies are just trying to make a buck by linking with the cause, and their products might not be all that safe, either. But I’m sorta OK with the whole thing. Plus, I like the color, and I want to have a little fun during the next 31 days of heightened awareness. That’s why I’ll be bringing you several giveaways this October — books, headbands, cupcakes and as much pink gear as I can get my hands on — and I’ll introduce you to some super survivors and try to teach you a few things about this crappy disease, too.
The bottom line is that the more we know about breast cancer, the better. And if looking at a tube of pink Chapstick on your bathroom counter or those pink M&Ms in the office candy dish reminds you to reach for your breasts and feel for lumps, then I say it’s all worth it.