The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Journalist Christie Aschwanden has written one of the finest essays I’ve read about the “false narrative” (i.e., the fairytale notion that breast cancer is a uniformly progressive disease that starts small and only grows and spreads if you don’t stop it in time), and its use in selling wholesale screening, along with accompanying lifestyle and product placements, to the masses. With permission, the Pink Ribbon Blues Blog republishes Christie Aschwanden’s essay: “The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” originally published . . . → Read More: The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Celebration of Rachel Cheetham Moro

The Celebration of Rachel’s Life event will be on Saturday, February 11, 2012 in New Jersey.

For those of you who cannot attend the event but would like to witness it, there will be a live streaming video you can watch. See details below. Please note that the stream will accommodate 750 people on a first come, first served basis.

Details

Meeting Name:  Remembering Rachel

When:  02/11/2012 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Time Zone:  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To join the meeting:

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Rachel Cheetham Moro 1970-2012

Rachel of The Cancer Culture Chronicles died early this morning following a long struggle with metastatic breast cancer. Although I find it difficult to write or even see through blurry tear-filled eyes, I need to share this with you today.

I first met Rachel in the blogosphere after Pink Ribbon Blues was released in October 2010. At the time, she used the pen name Anna Rachnel. At first I didn’t know this was a pen name, but I later learned that keeping her identity . . . → Read More: Rachel Cheetham Moro 1970-2012

23. Tracking the Big “K”

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest and most visible breast cancer nonprofit organization. Therefore, tracking its public relations campaigns, breast cancer programs, revenues and expenditures are important for understanding this one aspect of the breast cancer industry. While I’ve done my share of number crunching for statistical research, I rely on former public accountant turned metastatic breast cancer survivor to give me insight into Komen’s financial picture. The late Rachel Cheetham Moro of The Cancer Culture Chronicles reviewed Komen’s publicly available financial . . . → Read More: 23. Tracking the Big “K”

“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”

Komen By The Numbers: Education In Focus

Pink Ribbon Blues is pleased to republish the third essay about Komen’s financial situation by Anna Rachnel, titled “Komen By The Numbers: Education In Focus.” The essay was first published on February 9, 2011 on her blog, The Cancer Culture Chronicles.

As a woman, do you remember when you first became aware of the importance of being vigilant about your health? I’m forty years old now,  but I feel like I’ve always known.  I grew up in Australia, and went to high school in . . . → Read More: Komen By The Numbers: Education In Focus

“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”

“Komen By The Numbers”

Anna Rachnel is a breast cancer survivor, former public accountant, and writer for The Cancer Culture Chronicles. With her permission, the Pink Ribbon Blues Blog republishes her recent essay “Komen By The Numbers.”

Living with metastatic breast cancer is a bit like playing an evil game of Whack-A-Mole. Chemotherapy, at this point, is more art than science.  Tumors come up and tumors go down and you never quite know where they’re going to strike next.  You just keep whacking those pesky tumors and . . . → Read More: “Komen By The Numbers”

Breast Cancer Avatars on Second Life?

Indeed. You can have have virtual breast cancer, wear pink t-shirts, attend pink ribbon fund raising events, and even go to a support group. I’m speechless. Luckily, Anna Rachnel who writes The Cancer Culture Chronicles is not. What follows is Rachnel’s post about second life, titled “Virtual Breast Cancer.”

Virtual Breast Cancer by Anna Rachnel (October 22, 2010)

Today I thought I would take you for a magical mystery ride into a real-life Bizarro World.  So strap yourself in, sit back and . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Avatars on Second Life?

“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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