By CFEO Director of Media
Today is Back to the Future Day, or rather, the day that Marty McFly and Professor Doc Brown travel to in Back to the Future 2. In the year 2015, according to the movie, cars are able to fly, shoes are self-fitting, jackets are self-drying, skateboards hover above ground, and the Cubs have won the World Series. Mostly fiction, but strangely enough, the Cubs are currently in the NLCS and still have a shot at advancing to the World Series and maybe even winning.
Why do we find Back to the Future, and time travel movies in general, so appealing? For something so rife with frustration and danger – it always involves some kind of paradox and the consequence of detrimental change - we seem so welcome to entertain the idea. The best I can come up with is: hope. If we are able to change the things that went wrong or undo the things we regret, perhaps we have a chance at making things in our current lives better. Personally, I wish I could go back to 1995 and prevent myself from breaking my ankle during a softball game.
At the moment, the best we can do is become better at preventative measures. Check the fluids in our vehicles regularly. Visit the dentist every six months. Spend more time with our loved ones. And because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month (see what I just did there), we can encourage the women in our lives to take regular action to monitor their bodies. To make the monthly breast self-exam a priority.
Despite breast cancer being the second leading cause of death among women, the good news is that death rates have been declining since 1990 due to early detection, better screening, increased awareness, and improving treatment options. As a CrossFit facility, we're especially excited that there is increasing evidence that regular exercise can play an important role in reducing the risk. According to City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer in California:
· The risk of overweight women developing breast cancer after menopause is 1.5 times higher than in lean women. Obese women are at twice the risk of lean women.
· Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types – even lean women, according to Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., Director of Cancer Etiology at City of Hope
· While the American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to manage risk, for some, even 30 minutes per week has been found to be beneficial, according to Bernstein’s research.
· Additional research can be read here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.28630/abstract;jsessionid=2C6D4FD3756768C417B79B1EACCC0B03.f04t02
Of course the moment time travel is ironed out and/or a cure for cancer is found, feel free to ignore the preceding paragraphs. Until then, find your mode of exercise and be persistent with methods of early detection. As for us, we're going to combine the two in this weekend's event to benefit Barbells For Boobs, a non-profit organization dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women under the age of 40 and men.
And as for me, I'm going to learn to slide into third base properly.