Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly (Issue 3)

Dear Friends,

Here is the latest issue of the BCC Quarterly, a little later than usual, but full of insightful commentary.

We review recent books and share initiatives to change health care for the better.

We deconstruct yet another screening mammography campaign and point out the conflicts of interest that continue to create confusion instead of clarity around the updated . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly (Issue 3)

BCC Quarterly (Issue 2) Is Out!

Dear Friends,

In the latest issue of the Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly, we highlight So Much To Be Done, a must-read collection of writings from breast cancer activist, Barbara Brenner; a new edited collection The Invisible Scars (translated into Catalan), which features the feminist writings of several BCC partners; an important new documentary called The Good Breast, premiering at the . . . → Read More: BCC Quarterly (Issue 2) Is Out!

BCC Special Issue - By Your Side: Being A Caregiver


“Breast cancer is like an earthquake: it starts in an epicenter, in which the damages are high. Then, inevitably and rapidly, seismic waves hit nearby areas. Cancer not only upsets the lives of those receiving the diagnosis, but also that of parents, daughters and sons, partners, relatives and friends, who suddenly become caregivers. . . . → Read More: BCC Special Issue – By Your Side: Being A Caregiver

BCC Quarterly (Issue 3)

Today’s post comes from Grazia De Michele and Cinzia Greco, Breast Cancer Consortium partners.

Grazia De Michele, PhD is an Italian-born researcher and historian currently living in the United Kingdom. In May 2011 Grazia started the Italian blog Le Amazzoni Furiose (The Furious Amazons) to raise awareness among Italian women about the need to change the conversation on breast cancer . . . → Read More: BCC Quarterly (Issue 3)

BCCQ (2015, Issue 2)

Dear Friends,

I hope this issue of the BCCQ finds you well. Spring has been eventful, insightful, inspiring, and also sad.

We honor the life of Lisa Bonchek Adams, a smart, eloquent blogger who was committed to evidence-based medicine and sharing aspects of breast cancer that remain hidden beneath fundraising campaigns and awareness events. It was an honor to . . . → Read More: BCCQ (2015, Issue 2)

Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly 2015 (1) Is Out!

Remembering What’s Important

February is a hard month for the Breast Cancer Consortium, as we remember our friend and collaborator Rachel Cheetham Moro. Rachel was on the ground floor of BCC’s planning but died 8 months before we launched in 2012.

Even people who never met Rachel in person knew of her witty humor, evidence-based rants, and unrelenting commitment to . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly 2015 (1) Is Out!

Overpass Girl: The Power of Anonymity

On Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (October 13th) the Breast Cancer Consortium (BCC) published “Demystifying Breast Cancer” — a special issue of the BCC Quarterly edited by Grazia de Michele and Cinzia Greco. This international collection of original and compelling essays is intended to bust myths, resist stereotypes, and unveil how social dynamics impact the experience of breast cancer. The . . . → Read More: Overpass Girl: The Power of Anonymity

BCC Quarterly Is Out! (Issue 2)

Tear up the pink ribbons…

“…Campaign for honest information.”

This recent, unexpected advice from the British Medical Journal comes after decades of debate over screening mammograms for average risk women. In response to campaigns in which women are encouraged to get mammograms (e.g, “If you haven’t had a mammogram, you need more than your breasts examined”), women tend to overestimate . . . → Read More: BCC Quarterly Is Out! (Issue 2)

BCC Quarterly Is Out (2014, Issue 1)

Rethinking Pink

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 . . . → Read More: BCC Quarterly Is Out (2014, Issue 1)

Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly is Out! (2013, Issue 4)

The breast cancer awareness season was busy for Breast Cancer Consortium partners and contributors as we work diligently to change the breast cancer paradigm.

Cathie Malhouitre’s Au Sein De Sa Difference offered two events in France, a screening of “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” and a colloquium on living with cancer. Grazia de Michele organized a screening of “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly is Out (2013, Issue 4)

"women urged to get screened because it might save their lives. But that’s only 1 possible outcome, and it’s the least likely one" @cragcrest

“Pink Ribbon Blues”

Paperback includes a new Introduction on fundraising controversies and a color insert with images of, and reactions to, the pinking of breast cancer (2012).

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"Seeing clearly through the pink haze" Toronto Sun

*Sad face*: Being happy does not help you live longer" New Scientist

How should we address breast cancer when norms continually change? The Guardian

Your Fun 'No Bra Day' Photos Are Overshadowing Terminal Breast Cancer Patients Broadly

Backlash against “pinkwashing” of breast cancer awareness campaigns BMJ

Breast Cancer to Rise 50 Percent by 2030? Hey, Not So Fast! Health News Review

Breast Cancer: The Flaws in the Cause

How to Make the Biggest Impact With Your Breast Cancer Donations Money

The Very Pink, Very Controversial Business of Breast Cancer Awareness Racked

NFL, Pink Ribbons Not Enough to Win over Women CNN

3 Questions We Need to Answer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Chronicle of Philanthropy

The problem with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Women's Health Magazine

Pink Ribbon Envy: Living with an Uncool Cancer The Nib

A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard NPR, All Things Considered

Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Time to Debunk the Mammography Myth CNN

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Why Jolie's Test Costs So Much CNN

Preventative Mastectomies: Disease and Deception BlogTalkRadio

Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' KCRW

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer The New York Times Magazine.

The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon Campaign Sisters Talk Radio

WISH Interview Women's International Summit for Health

Making Cancer About The Patient, Not The Body Part CBS Pittsburgh

Sexy breast cancer campaigns anger many patients USA Today

The perils of pink The Daily

Komen pink campaign creates breast-cancer blues for some Dallas Morning News

A yellow flag for the NFL's pink New York Daily

Gayle Sulik named #7 in SharecareNow’s Top 10 Online Influencers in Breast Cancer

Breast cancer cancer causes so easily derailed Philly Inquirer

Komen Charity Under Microscope for Funding, Science Reuters

The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion?

Susan G. Komen For the Cure defunds Planned Parenthood. In Deep with Angie Coiro

Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is there Pink Fatigue? NPR's All Things Considered

How is Breast Cancer Culture Undermining Women's Health? America’s Radio News Network

Pink Ribbon Culture and Breast Cancer The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Big Business of Breast Cancer
Marie Claire

Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd Out Other Diseases? Slate

Pink Inc. Has Many Starting to See Red The Sacramento Bee

Get Your Pink Off Ottawa Citizen

Komen Pink Ribbons Raise Green and Questions USA Today