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A Case of “Pink Ribbon Envy?”

Awareness campaigns have turned diseases into consumer brands, but some illnesses remain invisible.

A graphic comic strip takes on serious issues about the commercialization of breast cancer and the way the pink ribbon seems to blast away other important causes. Written by Adam Bessie and co-written and drawn by Dan Archer, the comic features interviews with marketer Brock Greene and BCC’s Gayle Sulik. Read More

The Difference Between Cancersploitation and Art—According to a Cancer Survivor

(TIME) — In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel, the story’s teenage protagonist wears a t-shirt imprinted with Magritte’s famous painting of a pipe, ceci n’est pas une pipe (“this is not a pipe”). She explains the picture to her confused mother, saying “All representations of a thing are inherently abstract.” Art, in other words, imitates life: it is not meant to be life itself. So it is with cancer films. These stories are not meant to be literal representations. What it means to watch them depends on whether we come as outsiders, wanting to understand an experience beyond our own, or as insiders, coming to see our lives reflected. — by Lani Horn. Read More

whitehouseThe Teal before the Pink: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Although September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month you won’t see the White House lighted in teal, store shelves lined with teal-colored products, or many schools attempting to raise awareness of the disease. Pink has been the color of choice when it comes to cause support. — by Gayle Sulik. Read More

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