Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly (Issue 4)

BCC initials square logo 2-5-13This past October, more people than usual asked important questions about pink ribbon commercialism, pinkwashing, and ways to deepen breast cancer awareness. You can find articles and op-eds featuring Breast Cancer Consortium (BCC) members here and other relevant pieces in the BCC News & Views archive. If you’ve been following Pink Ribbon Blues, you may have already had a chance to read some of these.

BCC also had events or discussions about “Pink Ribbon Blues” and “rethinking pink” with students and/or community members at Vassar College, Case Western University, Albany University (GA), and Suffolk University (UK).

Activism around fracking continues to gain momentum from health advocates, environmental groups, and community members who have witnessed the effects of accidents, contamination, and health problems. This issue of the BCC Quarterly features articles on fracking by me, Margaret Roberts of Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer!, and members of the NY State Breast Cancer Network, as well as that satirical video clip from “The Daily Show” on pinkwashing and those pink fracking drill bits, starring comedic actress Samantha Bee and Breast Cancer Action’s executive director Karuna Jaggar. It is enlightening, informative, and laugh out loud funny.

Linda Rubin and I wrote an op-ed for CNN on how the NFL’s pink cleats and breast cancer campaigns are not likely to deter fans from noticing its persistent involvement with domestic violence. BCC also reprinted an excellent article by Shobita Parthasarathy that gives a historical context for contemporary breast cancer awareness efforts and discusses the limits of current approaches for achieving better health outcomes.

Research briefs in this issue discuss the implications of a new report on the “Changing the Landscape for People Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer” and an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association on “Opting Out of Mammography.”

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"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

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?

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