Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

“Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer.” By Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times Magazine.

I used to believe that a mammogram saved my life. I even wrote that in the pages of this magazine. It was 1996, and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a . . . → Read More: Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

A yellow flag for the NFL

“A yellow flag for the NFL.” By Maura Kelly, New York Daily News

The NFL has turned pink again this October, for the fourth year in a row. In nominal support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, players, coaches and referees have been wearing pink apparel; giant pink-ribbon stencils adorn the fields and special pink-ribbon . . . → Read More: A yellow flag for the NFL

7 things no one tells you about breast cancer

“7 things no one tells you about breast cancer.” By Shaun Dreisbach, Glamour

Each October the ribbons return, the fund-raisers reboot, and newspaper headlines everywhere become overwhelmingly breast-centric. So you couldn’t be blamed for thinking you know everything there is to know about breast cancer, end of story, turn the page. Except you don’t—and neither . . . → Read More: 7 things no one tells you about breast cancer

Redefining Pink

Since the end of September everything you see — from buses to billboards to Monday Night football to the grocery store — shimmers in pink. You can “support breast cancer research” (so it is said) by purchasing everything imaginable and a multitude of the unimaginable as well. Every year it gets worse. Google Breast Cancer . . . → Read More: “Redefining Pink”

“Gagging on Ribbons”

“Gagging on Ribbons.” By Dori Hartley, Huffington Post

The color pink has pissed me off since 2001, when I was diagnosed with second stage breast cancer. So, in Pinktober, cancer is about sweet sound bites like, “Pink Ribbon Awareness,” “Feel Your Boobies” and “Walk for the Cure.” It’s not about the fact that we puked . . . → Read More: “Gagging on Ribbons”