Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61

“Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61.” By Denise Grady, The New York Times.

Barbara Brenner, who led the group Breast Cancer Action and shaped it in her own combative image, pillorying the medical establishment, industrial polluters and even other cancer research advocates, died on May 10 at her home in San Francisco. She . . . → Read More: Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61

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

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”