I’m at the gym today and the trainer is overly cheerful and making her rounds asking how we’re all doing. She always avoids me. Maybe it’s because she can sense that I’ll really tell her how I’m doing if she asks. Anyway, she’s wearing one of those plastic or rubber bracelets. I think Lance Armstrong popularized this trend, bless him… Anyway, hers is pink and it says something like “Pink Ribbon for the Cure.” Both my mom and my aunt are breast cancer survivors so believe me, I’m all about breast cancer prevention and awareness. What irks me is that we’re delivering the message with something that has actually been linked to causing cancer–plastic!!
Plastics and other products derived from petroleum mimic estrogen in the body. They’re called xenoestrogens and they affect our hormones and can make women become estrogen dominant. Guess what? Estrogen dominance can lead to breast cancer. So can many of the paraben infused beauty products and skin cosmetics that young women buy at drugstores that blatantly advertise that damn pink ribbon and claim that a tiny percentage of the proceeds are donated to breast cancer research. So…buy a product that can cause breast cancer due to all of the crappy additives and chemicals in it. But you can feel good because part of your hard earned money will fund research on new chemotherapy drugs. Hello!??
Here’s another wacky concept: the mammogram. Radiation to the breast? Doesn’t radiation cause cancer? Getting frequent mammograms could potentially be harmful. Let’s focus on thermography
instead like they have been in Europe. Don’t even get me started…
Sorry to come across as being negative, but I just get angry sometimes. Long story short, the bracelets are great to create awareness…but can we please use something other than cancer causing plastic to spread the word about cancer prevention? Who wants to start a new business venture with me??? We’ve got to set people straight!!
Just to end on a more positive note, The Breast Cancer Research Fund
out of San Francisco is doing some really great work. They published a report
on the beauty and personal care products and other plastics and things that you should avoid. Check them out!