Today was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in the Scranton area. Several friends of mine ran (or walked) at the event, although I did not attend. I want to thank all of those who raced in my honor, even wearing my name. I am grateful for your friendship and support. I admire that you do this race, and appreciate the awareness that is raised with each of these events. I have been an avid supporter of this organization myself for many years.
That said, while I do agree strongly that we need to find a cure, I do also wish the focus was on more than just “the cure”. It would seem to me that not getting it in the first place would be a far better option than trying to cure it once you get it. On their website, information about prevention is harder to find than, say, making a donation or finding a race. And the page on prevention is a bit “squishy” to me. It’s a little vague and seems to indicate you don’t have much control over it.
Here are the healthy lifestyle choices they do document on their site:
- Be physically active (get regular exercise). (Could they be a little more specific? how much, what kind, how often?)
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. (Maybe include a link to a BMI calculator or something to help determine what a healthy weight is.)
- Eat at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables every day (seriously??? 2 1/2 cups??? That’s 2 pieces of fruit and 1/2 cup of veggies. Not nearly enough.)
- Choose 100 percent whole grain foods (like 100 percent whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, popcorn and quinoa) more often. (This one is ok)
- Limit red meat and processed meat (choose chicken, fish or beans instead). (“Limit”? Heaven forbid we should say “eliminate”, but at least they list beans.)
- Cut down on “bad” fats (saturated and trans fats), and eat more “good” fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, like olive and canola oil). (Again, “cut down”, rather than eliminate)
- Get enough vitamin D and calcium every day. For women and men ages 51 to 70, this means 600 IU of vitamin D and 1,200 mg of calcium. For men ages 51 to 70, this means 600 IU of vitamin D and 1,000 mg of calcium.
- If you drink alcohol, limit to drink less than one drink of alcohol a day (for women and fewer than two drinks a day for men). Those who drink alcohol should try to get enough folic acid, either through a multivitamin or foods like oranges, orange juice, leafy green vegetables and fortified breakfast cereals.
Don’t get me wrong, I think SGK is a solid organization trying to do something really good. They’ve raised $750 million since 1982 for breast cancer research.
I just think the potential is there to do so much more. Just imagine if you could communicate preventative behaviors to all the women at all these races… what a great way to make a difference!
Congratulations again to all my friends who participated! You inspire me!
The Cure (1995) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112757/