Sunday, May 2, 2010

Grease for Cancer. Yay.

I'm not a particularly political person. Nor am I a vegan or a tee-totaler on junk food. But for the last few weeks, I've been seeing the most nauseating commercial on tv. KFC has partnered with the Susan G. Komen foundation to sell buckets of grease with a pick ribbon on them. Is there really anyone who does not see this as just a way to sell chicken? Clearly it has nothing to do with wanting to help women or anyone.


Heart disease was responsible for 28.6 percent of all deaths in U.S. women in 2002, the last year for which complete data is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All cancers combined, however, represented only 21.6 percent of womens deaths that year. Breast cancer was responsible for less than four percent of all deaths.

Perhaps people are thinking, well, obesity is self inflicted, but breast cancer isn't. Oh yeah? Take a look at some of the known and suspected risk factors, including:

Obesity. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of breast cancer.

Take a look at this article. If you want to donate to a cancer charity, don't forsake your own health to do it. Go to the American Cancer Society and donate directly, or pledge Cousin Amy who is doing a cancer walk/run later this month.

Buying a bucket of grease is not the way to find a cure for anything.