If You Really Want to Help Cancer Research, Don't Give Money to the NFL

Published on Broadly, a channel on VICE, on January 29th, 2016.

Despite the National Football League’s contributions to the American Cancer Society through its official “Crucial Catch” campaign, the league is not really a breast cancer philanthropist. Sure, players wear pink cleats, halftime shows feature pink ribbons and breast cancer survivors, and clubs host events or reach out to . . . → Read More: If You Really Want to Help Cancer Research, Don’t Give Money to the NFL

BCC Special Issue - By Your Side: Being A Caregiver

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“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

Why I voted for a Frack Free Denton

On November 4th, I joined Texas “Dentonites” to enact an ordinance prohibiting hydraulic fracturing within our city limits. I voted for a Frack Free Denton. After the votes came in, Denton became the first city in The Lone Star state to put a legal limit on what it will permit the gas and oil industry to do within its borders. . . . → Read More: Why I voted for a Frack Free Denton

Rethinking Pink: How This Work Started, And Why It Continues

Published on Psychology Today Sept. 29, 2014

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It all started with Cathy. Then after Rachel came into my life I knew the critical stance I had taken on the culture and industry surrounding breast cancer would keep going until meaningful change became a reality.

As with many people involved in social movements, my . . . → Read More: Rethinking Pink: How This Work Started, And Why It Continues

The Teal before the Pink: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

A version of this essay was published on Pink Ribbon Blues and republished on the Oxford University Press Blog on September 30, 2011. This updated essay was recently published on Psychology Today.

Pinking the White House for Breast Cancer Awareness

“Before September is even over, stores are filled with pink merchandise. Magazines fill editorial pages, poignant survivor . . . → Read More: The Teal before the Pink: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Feminism, Furiousness, and Fair Use

On a troubling fair use interaction and what it means, first published on The Society Pages.

Every once in awhile I write something that hits a nerve and brings about a caustic response. One of the images I used to illustrate sexual objectification in breast cancer awareness campaigns in 2012 elicited, just recently, an angry message from the creator.

Here . . . → Read More: Feminism, Furiousness, and Fair Use

Decision-Making in the Midst of Medical Un/Certainty

Evidence and controversy over Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (CPM)

A recent string of articles in the media (and discussions in social media) have considered a particular type of breast cancer treatment called Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (CPM). CPM involves the removal of both the breast where breast cancer cells have been found and the healthy breast on the other side.

While . . . → Read More: Decision-making in the midst of medical un/certainty

A Call for Elevated Science and Honorable Dialogue

Physicians, scientists and others resist industry ire in debate over statins

In the essay “Is This Science or Censorship?” I recounted how new guidelines advising use of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins (medications like Lipitor, Crestor, Levacor and others) for the primary prevention of heart disease is at the center of heated debate. If the new guidelines are followed, it . . . → Read More: A Call for Elevated Science and Honorable Dialogue

Amy Robach Story Spreads Heartfelt Misinformation About Breast Cancer

On November 11th, Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach announced that the on-air mammogram she had in front of millions as part of Good Morning America’sbreast cancer awareness promotion, ended up getting her a breast cancer diagnosis. There are still few details about the actual diagnosis, other than the fact that 40-year-old Robach opted for a double mastectomy (instead of . . . → Read More: Amy Robach Story Spreads Heartfelt Misinformation About Breast Cancer

The Mammogram Myth, Alive and Well on Good Morning America

“Good Morning America’s” Amy Robach (Ida Mae Astute/ AP Photo/ ABC)

Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach announced on November 11th that the on-air mammogram she had in front of millions as part of Good Morning America’s month-long breast cancer awareness promotion, ended up getting her a breast cancer diagnosis. Although there are no details about the diagnosis . . . → Read More: The Mammogram Myth, Alive and Well on Good Morning America

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* GAYLE IN THE MEDIA *

"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 iafrica.com

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? Salon.com

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

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