Susan G Komen for the Cure, part of the Komen Foundation, announced recently that it would be cutting several cities from its three-day fundraising road races that have garnered the organization millions of dollars over the years for misdirected cancer research and education. The organization says their decision to cut back is due to lower-than-sustainable participation numbers—evidence the people of the U.S. are getting it right when it comes to this organization that is really more about money than saving lives.
The agency organizes three-day fundraising races in cities throughout the country, all under the guise of breast cancer awareness. And while many breast cancer survivors find support and solace in these events—the organization uses these sort of “feel good” walks to fund nonsensical research and education.
For instance, in 2009, Susan G. Komen for the Cure spent $141 million on breast cancer education, but none of this education covered legitimate nutrition issues that have a significant impact on breast cancer risk, development, and treatment.
The organization—and all of their money and power—dedicates nothing to teaching women about the dangers of refined fructose, for instance, which feeds cancer growth like water to Gremlins. Nor do they invest any money into research on the beneficial effects of Vitamin D on cancer. Rather, they spend millions on advocating radiation-emitting mammograms, whose reliability and place in cancer detection are questionable at best.
While the mainstream media would have you think Susan G. Komen’s lack of participation can all be credited to the backlash last year when the agency decided to sever ties with Planned Parenthood, it must go much deeper than that. The agency itself admits to a drop in participation of 37% over the past four years. And although the drop was slightly more significant last year, when they sought to cut funding for the women’s clinic that provides abortions (among many other things), their participation levels had been dropping before.
The fact is, Americans are waking up to the organization’s misdirected millions. A t-shirt and the camaraderie of walking with other survivors may be nice, but it’s nothing when compared with investing your money and time on true prevention strategies.
“There are some folks who will never be back, and we know that,” said Komen spokeswoman Andrea Rader about their declining participation numbers. “And we hope that they will support breast cancer charities because the work’s important.”
She’s right—breast cancer research is important. But even more important than funneling millions into mammograms and the makers of traditional cancer treatments is educating women on how to prevent cancer naturally. Here’s hoping people not only support breast cancer research, but the right breast cancer research.