This past weekend, Newport Beach hosted the 21st annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In the sea of pink shirts and pink ribbons, there were shining eyes full of hope. The Race for the Cure offers the chance for everyone in society to rally around cancer victims. With a cancer survivor on our race team, spirits were high this weekend. Together, we beat it.
In the sea of thousands of eager racers, there were so many diverse stories. These were stories of hope, of loss, of regret, and confusion. The most heart breaking ones were the stories of people who didn’t know that they could get cancer from following their doctor’s directions. Take for instance the increases in bladder cancer from patients who took Actos.
Type 2 diabetes sufferers already have a difficult time. Chances are patients acquired this adult onset diabetes from poor diets and lack of exercise. Perhaps no one explained that eating a poor diet could put you at significant risk for diabetes. But did you also know that now it can put you at risk for bladder cancer?
Thousands of type 2 diabetes patients have taken Actos, a popular diabetes medication that promised to control blood sugar levels. And as a result, they’ve since developed bladder cancer. The U.S. Food and DrugAdministration warns that Actos users are 40% more likely to develop cancer if they’ve taken the drug for a year or longer.
It seems like everything can change in the blink of an eye. And so last weekend, people ran and walked to show their support for people battling cancer. I raced (walked really) for my sister, for my friend, and to support cancer victims everywhere.