Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day: October 13th

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October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

One might wonder why it is necessary to parcel out a specific day during the month of October to take note of something like metastatic breast cancer (BC Mets). After all, the month is already dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

Don’t we already know everything there is to know about this disease? Aren’t we already aware that breast cancer metastasis (i.e., the stage 4 disease that spreads to other parts of the body like lungs, liver, . . . → Read More: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day: October 13th

Students at Michigan State University Discuss Pink Ribbon Blues as an Exemplar of Feminist Research

On Wednesday (April 18th) I’ll be doing a virtual workshop (via SKYPE teleconference) with students in Dr. Stephanie Nawyn‘s course on Feminist Research Methods at Michigan State University.

What is feminist research?

At its most basic level, feminist research actively seeks to remove power imbalances between research and subject; has a major role in changing social inequality; and begins with the standpoints and experiences of women. From there, there are a variety of interpretations about what feminist research is, is not, and what it . . . → Read More: Students at Michigan State University Discuss Pink Ribbon Blues as an Exemplar of Feminist Research

A Research Grant Changed My Life

In the January 2011 issue of The Independent Scholar I shared a glimpse of my transition from tenure track professor to independent scholar (Vol. 24, Issue 1). In “An Independent Scholar: An Independent Voice” I focused briefly on my “calling” to practice sociology in “a more focused, public, and action-oriented capacity.”

While it had always been my desire to be a sociological interpreter of pressing social problems, it wasn’t until six years into my life as an assistant professor that I realized I might . . . → Read More: A Research Grant Changed My Life

Dian Corneliussen-James: A Woman On A Mission

(CJ) Dian Corneliussen-James of METAvivor / Photo Credit: Wendy Marxen, Marxen Consulting LLC

Dian Corneliussen-James, also known as CJ, has a history of helping to find missing persons. Toward the end of her 24-year career as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Corneliussen-James took a position in the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) in Washington, D.C., and she continued in that position as a civilian following her Air Force retirement. The DPMO office is tasked with investigating the cases of more than 88 thousand . . . → Read More: Dian Corneliussen-James: A Woman On A Mission

“Komen By The Numbers: 2010 And Still No Answers”

Pink Ribbon Blues is pleased to republish the fourth essay about Komen’s financial situation by Anna Rachnel, titled “Komen By The Numbers: 2010 And Still No Answers.” The essay was first published on March 16, 2011 on her blog, The Cancer Culture Chronicles. Stewardship: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.

In September 2010, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® (“Komen”), proudly announced they had received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a popular charity . . . → Read More: “Komen By The Numbers: 2010 And Still No Answers”

Research on Metastatic Breast Cancer: “Trying to Stay Alive on Two Percent”

After spending 24 years as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, “CJ” (Dian) Corneliussen-James, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and took a Senior Analyst position in the Defense of Defense. Slowed down by the diagnoses of both metastatic breast cancer and systemic lupus in 2006, she retired from the government but was soon busy running a support program for metastatic breast cancer. Her quest to fund much needed research for the disease led to the establishment of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, METAvivor Research and Support . . . → Read More: Research on Metastatic Breast Cancer: “Trying to Stay Alive on Two Percent”

“Komen By The Numbers: The Context of Research”

Pink Ribbon Blues is pleased to republish the second essay about Komen’s financial situation by Anna Rachnel, titled “Komen By The Numbers: The Context of Research.” The essay was first published on January 30, 2011 on her blog, The Cancer Culture Chronicles.

Context: the parts of a discourse that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning.

Context is an important word, particularly within the cancer culture. We hear those three little words; “You have cancer”, and immediately . . . → Read More: “Komen By The Numbers: The Context of Research”

Why Do I Research Pink Ribbon Culture?

People usually ask me why I became interested in breast cancer and pink ribbon culture. The answer is: It’s personal. I have never been diagnosed with breast cancer. Like many who are devoted to the cause, my commitment stems from the loss of someone close to me. In witnessing the life and death of a good friend, I have come to know deeply what is at stake in the war on breast cancer.

My friend was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at age 30, . . . → Read More: Why Do I Research Pink Ribbon Culture?

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“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? 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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