What Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Mean To You?

“What Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Mean To You?” By Lara Huffman, Get Up Swinging Blog.

Editorial Note: Lara Huffman used to raise money for the Komen organization, participate in races, walk the miles, even purchase pink products. She did this to honor her mother who had died from metastatic breast cancer and because she . . . → Read More: What Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Mean To You?

Estée Lauder to Weave Pink Ribbons Through the Internet

“Estée Lauder to Weave Pink Ribbons Through the Internet.” By Stuart Elliott, The New York Times.

Editorial comment: Stuart Elliott’s article describes the perceived success of Internet fundraising as demonstrated by the recent social media blockbuster, the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge. However, it also reflects a corporation’s plucky desire to deflect well-founded critique and instead . . . → Read More: Estée Lauder to Weave Pink Ribbons Through the Internet

Dear Ms. Robach

“Dear Ms. Robach.” By Lori Marx-Rubiner, Regrounding Blog.

Editorial Note: President of METAvivor Research and Support Lori Marx-Rubiner writes an open letter to Good Morning America’s news anchor Amy Robach on mammography, overtreatment, “fighting” cancer, and metastatic breast cancer — in other words, the other side of breast cancer.

“Dear Ms. Robach,

What a journey . . . → Read More: Dear Ms. Robach

Breast cancer screening pamphlets mislead women

“The Art of Risk Communication: Breast cancer screening pamphlets mislead women” by Gerd Gigerenzer, British Medical Journal.

“All women and women’s organisations should tear up the pink ribbons and campaign for honest information.”

Why should I have mammography? That question is regularly asked in pamphlets for screening. The answer is also regularly misleading. Women . . . → Read More: Breast cancer screening pamphlets mislead women

Changing the conversation on breast cancer in Italy – reflections by Dr Grazia De Michele

The first word I managed to utter upon hearing the news that I had breast cancer was ‘why’. Why breast cancer, at such a young age, with no family history or risk factor? It was November 2010. Four months had passed since my thirtieth birthday.

I was living in the UK at that time, but . . . → Read More: Changing the conversation on breast cancer in Italy – reflections by Dr Grazia De Michele

Infantilizing life’s troubles: One has to wonder why a campaign like Pink Shirt Day is needed

“Infantilizing life’s troubles: One has to wonder why a campaign like Pink Shirt Day is needed,” by Pete McMartin, The Vancouver Sun.

I wear pink on occasion. A button-down Oxford cloth shirt with a blue blazer. For me, it’s an edgy fashion statement, not the colour of altruism.

When my wife was diagnosed with breast . . . → Read More: Infantilizing life’s troubles

An NFL Cheerleader and Breast Cancer Survivor Fights ‘Pink-Washing’

“An NFL Cheerleader and Breast Cancer Survivor Fights ‘Pink-Washing.’” Everyday Health.

In November of 1998, while cheerleading for the NFL at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., I abruptly walked off the field and quit my gig in the middle of the game. It was October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and also the middle . . . → Read More: An NFL Cheerleader and Breast Cancer Survivor Fights ‘Pink-Washing’

Oct. 11: Buying Pink? Gayle Sulik will be on Al Jazeera’s The Stream Friday 7:30EST to discuss.

Gayle Sulik will be talking live about #pinkwashing on @AJAMStream Friday at 7:30EST. Join the conversation using #AJAMStream

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so you’ve probably noticed more pink products on the shelves as companies promote awareness campaigns. But many businesses are accused of “pinkwashing” – plastering pink on their products to make a . . . → Read More: Oct. 11: Buying Pink? Gayle Sulik will be on Al Jazeera’s The Stream Friday 7:30EST to discuss.

The Unintended Consequences of Pink: Reorienting the Cause

In April, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana hosted a screening of the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. followed by a panel discussion a week later about how the culture of breast cancer impacts individuals and society. The event, organized by the Cancer, Culture, and Community program, was truly an effort to move beyond awareness! Colleagues . . . → Read More: The Unintended Consequences of Pink: Reorienting the Cause

Forget Pink–Remember Rose

“Forget Pink-Remember Rose.” By Peggy Orenstein, Blog.

There were a couple of things that got cut from my New York Times Magazine piece on breast cancer that I wish I could’ve squeezed in. One is kind of wonky, which is why it was dropped, but super important. It’s about data collection, based on a discussion . . . → Read More: Forget Pink–Remember Rose

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