2011-10-07 / Letters

Raising Awareness

Dear Editor,

As someone living with breast cancer, I’m grateful that so many people are trying to raise awareness about the disease, but simply wearing a pink ribbon— or toting a pink bag or using pink dental floss — isn’t going to save many lives. If we are going to win the war on cancer, we must exercise regularly, get routine medical check-ups, and choose healthy plant-based foods.

Studies show that women who eat lots of fruit, vegetables and legumes are less likely to develop breast cancer than women who eat meat and other unhealthy foods. Research has also shown that plant-based diets can help prevent heart disease and diabetes, too, so both men and women — whether they have a family history of breast cancer or not — can benefit by eating vegan foods.

I’m confident that, if I continue to eat disease-fighting foods, I’ll win my battle against breast cancer. I’ll also save animals’ lives along the way. I hope everyone will join me in eating green in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — and all year long. Wearing pink is not required.

EMILY MCCOY

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