The phrase Boston Strong emerged almost immediately after last year’s marathon bombings as an unofficial motto of a city responding to tragedy. But now some are wondering whether the slogan is being overused. It’s almost as if people are using the Boston Strong brand to brand themselves, which raises a whole other concern that Boston Strong is not actually a brand and isn’t trademarked — so anyone can sell it, regardless of whether any money goes to charity.
It may not be intentional, but . . . → Read More: A Year After Bombings, Some Say ‘Boston Strong’ Has Gone Overboard – NPR Interview
Published on CNN by Gayle Sulik and Bonnie Spanier.
(CNN) — Recently some friends were discussing whether early detection via screening mammography may not be the key to surviving breast cancer. Several women argued that despite the studies, they believe in mammograms, echoing many women who were treated for a screen-detected breast cancer and are alive to tell the story. Some even support it when screening clearly failed to detect their cancers or prevent the onset of advanced disease.
For decades, belief in some . . . → Read More: Time to debunk the mammography myth
I’ll be giving a keynote presentation on “Moving Beyond Awareness: A Changing Breast Cancer Landscape” next Tuesday (March 18, 2011) at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. If you are in the area, please come on by! There will be a reception prior to the talk at 5:30 pm, the talk at 6:00 pm, and a book signing afterwards. This event is part of the University’s Women’s History Month activities. For more information and directions, click here.
There will also be a . . . → Read More: Mar. 18: Sulik Keynote at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA
From February 18th through March 8th, the Kohl’s Cash ® for the Cure campaign offers a $10 Pink Kohl’s Cash coupon for every $50 you spend. The coupon increases with every $50 purchase. Then at your next purchase at Kohl’s that amount is deducted from the total at checkout (so long as you make the purchase by March 8th). Spend $250 to receive $50 in Pink Kohl’s Cash, again not really cash but a price reduction on a future purchase. Kohl’s then donates $1 . . . → Read More: Kohl’s Cash for the Cure Pretties Up Breast Cancer
The Breast Cancer Consortium entered its second year with no shortage of issues to analyze and report. On-air mammograms, celebrity spots, social media, another large study revealing limitations and harms of mammography screening, a new scandal involving the Komen organization, and ongoing efforts to rethink pink.
Jody Schoger was on Al Jazeera’s The Stream to discuss, “Grief and Death in the Time of Social Media.” I was interviewed about the politics of pink for a Rethink Pink Summit (have a listen), . . . → Read More: BCC Quarterly Is Out (2014, Issue 1)
Clamoring over screening protocols has started anew with the release of a Canadian study confirming earlier results that annual mammography screening did not reduce breast cancer deaths. Instead, it contributed to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that would not have been life threatening in the first place. We’ve heard it all before, with varying degrees of belief, but there’s something different about this study and what it means for women. Not only did screening mammography fail to reduce breast cancer mortality, there is . . . → Read More: Addition Of Screening Mammograms Adds No Benefit, But Causes Harm
ANNOUNCEMENT — GAYLE SULIK INTERVIEW
Breast cancer used to be a tragedy, something that was not okay. There was no glory, or honor, or cuteness. Now, thanks to the commercialization of the cause, the disease has been glorified, a girly version of the hero’s journey. Run the race, wear the T-shirt, buy the teddy bear. And if you’re one of the survivors, you may even get your name printed on the back of a bucket of deep fried chicken.
It’s . . . → Read More: The Politics of Pink
A Breast Cancer Alphabet (soon to be released) is straight-forward, concise, and honest book by news executive Madhulika Sikka that breathes new life into a breast cancer world too often drowning in symbolism, cliche, and product placement. The short (2- to 5-page) entries offer 26 personal reflections — from A (“anxiety”) to Zzzz’s (meaning, “sleep”) — that speak to the contours of her diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, uncertainty amid mountains of information, and how none of the signposts in Cancerland really prepares . . . → Read More: Review of “A Breast Cancer Alphabet” by Madhulika Sikka