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 was 61. Suzanne Lampert, her partner of 38 years, confirmed the death, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Ms. Brenner also had breast cancer, though it had been in remission. Ms. Brenner was among the first to question what she called the “pinkwashing” of America: the proliferation of pink ribbons and products carrying labels stating that part of the purchase price would go to breast cancer research. Her group started a campaign, “Think Before You Pink,” urging consumers to look into how much money was donated and where it went. Ms. Lampert said, “I always told her that I would make sure her obituary said she died after a long battle with the breast cancer industry.”

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