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
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
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 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