By Dr. Joel Fuhrman
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month…is there anyone out there who has never heard of Breast Cancer? It should be called Breast Cancer Prevention Month! All women are aware of and concerned about breast cancer. What they may not be aware of is the scientific evidence that has accumulated in recent years that can enable them to avoid breast cancer.
Throughout the month, stores will be overflowing with pink ribbons on every type of product from shoes to candy to household cleaners. Breast cancer “awareness” has become big business, but breast cancer cannot be prevented by shopping for pink merchandise. Many people will buy these products and feel that they have done a good deed, that they are participating in the search for a cure and are “supporting breast cancer awareness” (whatever that means).
The often miniscule donations linked to these products most often support charities that fund education campaigns encouraging mammograms (which aren’t very effective anyway1-3) or research into new treatments, but ignore the importance of the most powerful weapon women have in the fight against breast cancer — healthful lifestyle measures.
Every October, companies join up with cancer charities and non-profits for good publicity — to sell more by taking advantage of consumers’ good intentions, often selling cancer-promoting products. A blatant example of this occurred in 2010, when KFC partnered with the Susan G. Komen foundation to make donations linked to sales of pink buckets of fried and grilled chicken. Grilled chicken has some of the highest levels of cooking-produced carcinogens (heterocyclic amines) of all meats,4, 5 and fried chicken has a browned, starchy coating that adds the probable human carcinogen, acrylamide, to the mix.6 Fried and grilled chicken, buttery mashed potatoes, and biscuits and gravy aren’t helping to curb obesity and breast cancer; they’re only fueling the fire. There is a frightening lack of awareness of how harmful these foods actually are. If it’s going to be called Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is the type of awareness that should be raised.
Here are a few examples of actions women can take to achieve substantial protection against breast cancer:
To better fully understand the preventive actions you can take to protect your body against cancer, read my book, Super Immunity.
This October, instead of shopping for pink products, eat green vegetables, mushrooms and onions and get plenty of exercise. Feed your young daughters high-nutrient foods (poor childhood diets are linked to breast cancer in adulthood).29 The most meaningful thing you can do in the fight against breast cancer is to eat right and encourage your mothers, sisters and daughters to do the same. You can directly reduce the risk to yourself and your loved ones by becoming educated about the diet and lifestyle links to breast cancer and taking protective actions.
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