The trouble with Komen: Misusing statistics/Generating false hope


This article was edited since its original publication.

It is now widely known that the benefits of wholesale mammography screening were overpromised. Rates of overdiagnosis (i.e., when a diagnosed tumor lacks the potential to progress to a clinical stage, or is so slow-growing that the person would die from other causes) are higher than previously realized. We still do not know what causes breast cancer, how to prevent it, or why it recurs. The breast cancer that kills (i.e., metastatic) continues to strike hundreds of . . . → Read More: The trouble with Komen: Misusing statistics/Generating false hope

Pinktober, and a new era

Now that we’ve made it through another Pinktober, it’s time to take stock of what we’ve accomplished.

Most importantly, there is a new form of awareness in the public discourse. It has been bubbling up for a number of years, but this year people came forward in greater numbers to voice their concerns about the marketing of breast cancer, the exploitation of the illness for commercial gain, superficial messages of awareness, stereotypical advertising in the name of the cause, the lack of real progress, . . . → Read More: Pinktober, and a new era

Bra Recycling Month

Since October is already dedicated to the breast, why not offer support in a new way? Donate new and used bras to women who need them. The Bra Recyclers is a textile recycling company based in Arizona that specializes in recycling bras and providing them to communities of women. The company collects, categorizes, and distributes the bras to organizations whose missions are enhanced through the bra recycling program–such as breast cancer organizations that want to provide special types of bras to diagnosed women, organizations . . . → Read More: Bra Recycling Month

On This BCAM Eve

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes off tomorrow for another 31 days of heightened pink ribbon festivities, I am reminded that I am not alone in my concern about what all of this pinking is really doing for the cause of breast cancer and for the women and men who are diagnosed and at risk for developing this disease. Though much of the world has gone pink with the best of intentions,

Journalists are questioning the commercialization of the illness. Doctors and scientists are . . . → Read More: On This BCAM Eve

Look Out for Pinktober

Look around. You can already see it gaining momentum. The rise of PINK OCTOBER, that gargantuan commercialized, media-friendly, feel good activity of the year. It’s almost like Christmas! Only instead of red and green, we see a plethora of pink draping across the social landscape, as lovely and innocent as new fallen snow. In the midst of peace and good will toward women, we see individuals, organizations, and corporations putting on their best advertising and public relations campaigns to scramble for a bigger piece . . . → Read More: Look Out for Pinktober

“Pink Ribbon Blues,” Book

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

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Recent Sulik Interviews

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

Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Preventative Mastectomies: Disease and Deception Listen to BlogTalkRadio »

Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' Listen to 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