Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day: October 13th

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 . . . → Read More: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day: October 13th

30. “Pink Ribbon Blues” – A Poem

I was inspired by the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam this summer. If you haven’t read the winning poems, check them out. They were chosen by popular vote and over 250 people participated in the voting. None of my own poems were included, but I did write poems during the jam. It seemed only right. As an avid researcher and . . . → Read More: 30. “Pink Ribbon Blues” – A Poem

29. A Portrait of Cathie Malhouitre: Uncompromising, Unembellished Reality

October 2008 – to – October 2009 © MMM PH

Cathie Malhouitre of Paris, France is a designer and artist who is committed to “the real” when it comes to breast cancer – realistic discourse, realistic expression, realistic portrayal, and realistic engagement. Cathie’s attention to realism is the culmination of her deep desire to find acceptance, peace, and . . . → Read More: 29. A Portrait of Cathie Malhouitre: Uncompromising, Unembellished Reality

28. The Intervention Begins With Us!

Earlier this month, I purchased a dozen of Egglands Best organic eggs only to find out the next morning that each one had a trademarked running ribbon stamped on it. There was no indication on the packaging that this particular dozen eggs was part of a cause marketing relationship. My husband laughed and said, “They got you!”After I finished my . . . → Read More: 28. The Intervention Begins With Us!

27. March, Run, or Streak to a Different Drummer! Civil Disobedience at a Komen Race

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure tagline about “imagining a world without breast cancer” does not resonate with everyone. For those who will never finish treatment, and for whom the survival rate has barely budged in decades, the future is too close at hand. This is the scenario for the 150 to 250 thousand people living with breast cancer . . . → Read More: 27. March, Run, or Streak to a Different Drummer!

26. “Daring to be Powerful”

Kathleen Kolb is a home care physical therapist, artist, and writer. She was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) in May of 2008 and began writing a blog about breast cancer about six months later called The Accidental Amazon. Kolb’s blog received the 2011 Royal Purple MAAM Award, in which her nominator wrote that, “The Queen of Snark is . . . → Read More: 26. “Daring to be Powerful”

25. Being a “Change Agent” with Clinical Trials

Lori Marx-Rubiner is a social worker, writer and breast cancer coach. On the national level, she is involved in advocacy and serves on peer review for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Project (a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program). Locally she coaches women through their diagnoses and into treatment, and has led in-treatment support groups. She is particularly interested . . . → Read More: 25. Being a “Change Agent” with Clinical Trials

24. “Survival” and “Cure” are NOT Interchangeable Words

In the book “Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists,” sociologist Joel Best makes the case that good statistics require good data; clear, reasonable definitions; clear, reasonable measures; and appropriate samples.” Unfortunately, what we often find are “mutant statistics,” comparisons of “apples and oranges,” and “stat wars” as stakeholders try to sway public and political . . . → Read More: 24. “Survival” and “Cure” are NOT Interchangeable Words

23. Tracking the Big "K": An Analysis of Komen's Financials

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 . . . → Read More: 23. Tracking the Big “K”

22. Pinking the Global Landscape, and the Global Market

Breast cancer is big news and big business in the United States, but it’s going global.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up in pink for the start of the national campaign “Pink October” to raise awareness for breast cancer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 5, 2010. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

World landmarks lighted in pink . . . → Read More: 22. Pinking the Global Landscape, and the Global Market

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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