Drop the Dog, Pick a Plant
Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer, with one in 20 men and women developing it in his or her lifetime. To create awareness of its causes, the Physicians Committee launched a new website and campaign called Drop the Dog.
Using graphics and fact sheets, Drop the Dog illustrates the link between processed meat products and colorectal cancer. The site encourages visitors to skip these unhealthy products and let others know why they’re ditching hot dogs and other processed meats.
People from all over the country took the pledge. Deborah from Indiana signed the online pledge after her 36-year-old daughter died from colon cancer. Doreen from New Jersey dropped the dog so she could see her four grandchildren grow up.
Just one serving of processed meat per day—that could be a hot dog or a serving of bacon, ham, salami, etc.—can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent. Despite the associated risks, many restaurants, hospitals, and even school cafeterias still serve processed meat. Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., wrote an open letter that people can share with their local schools’ food service directors, encouraging them to take hot dogs and other cancer-causing products out of school lunches.
Drop the Dog encourages swapping meat products for one of the highlighted plant-based recipes. The downloadable recipe cards feature sweet potato wedges, pita pizzas, rainbow salad, and other recipes that are perfect for the start of barbecue season.Taking the pledge and sharing the graphics, recipe cards, and other resources can help save lives.