It’s October. I’m not wearing pink.

Cancer sucks. It doesn’t matter which “cancer of the month” it is, because all cancers suck.

I’m all for walks, races, bike rides, and bake sales to support patients and their caregivers as well as cancer research.  But it isn’t even the middle of October and I’ve seen enough pink stuff to last me for the rest of the year.

Mammograms are great. Early detection rocks. My cancer was found very early as a result.

What we don’t hear enough of any time of the year, is the fact that we can’t “cure” cancer until we quit poisoning our air, water, and food with cancer causing agents like mercury, cadmium, and lead.

Of course each of us can impact our health status by exercising, eating as well as our pocketbooks allow, sleeping enough, taking meds as they are prescribed, blah blah blah. We’ve all heard it.

Do our doctors really understand that if the water they encourage us to drink is loaded with cancer causing agents, we’ll never outpace the risks of cancer by adding another mile to our daily run?

It’s October. Let’s get serious about what’s missing in the discussions about preventing breast cancer.

About Katherine Helms Cummings

During the day I am a social and environmental activist whose professional work has been in the nonprofit world for the last 12 years. Most nights and weekends I am an artisan making accessories with upcycled cashmere and woven textiles. My handmade items are available at The Sassy Gal http://thesassygal.org
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4 Responses to It’s October. I’m not wearing pink.

  1. Elaine Crawford says:

    I agree, you can walk 5 miles a day to help raise money for a cure but then, after the walk or during the walk, they hand you polluted water, but has pure written on the bottle. You eat what you think is healthy, but later only to find out it contain chemical, but it says organic. Months later you find out the company was placing false label on the container just to make more money. People need to get real and look at what REALLY KILLING US POLLUTION EVERYWHERE.

  2. Roxy says:

    There was an article a few years ago about a woman who “refused to join the pink ribbon sorority.” She had breast cancer, wished she hadn’t, but she got past it and was living a healthy life.

  3. phyllis says:

    Not to mention how corrupt the Komen Foundation is. Pink is the color of a mega nonprofit organization that has lost its mission and is a self-serving marketing machine. I won’t be wearing pink either! I support Planned Parenthood and the women it honestly serves with affordable screenings and reproductive options.