The She-ro

She is the protagonist of the epic breast cancer survivor story.

She exists in many iterations; in magazines, advertisements, news stories, and awareness events.

She is a superwoman who courageously, passionately, and aggressively battles disease.

She faces tremendous difficulties.

With style and optimism, she learns from her experience, is transformed, and shares lessons learned.

She is the SHE-RO, the triumphant . . . → Read More: The She-ro

Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly, Second Issue

I’ve been spending much of my time working with the Breast Cancer Consortium to develop plans, projects, and analyses. One of my roles is to edit the Quarterly newsletter, which has just been released.

Table of Contents The Breast Cancer Consortium, Gathering Momentum! “Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer” Patients, Patents, and Profits “Cancer and My Marriage” “Topsail” — New . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly, Second Issue

“Faun and Me”

Beth Gainer is an author and breast cancer survivor who writes the blog, “Calling the Shots.” She frequently posts excerpts from her upcoming book with the same title, Calling the Shots: Coaching Your Way Through the Healthcare System. The book is a primer for how to advocate for oneself through a difficult medical landscape. It includes information about finding the . . . → Read More: “Faun and Me”

Carol Murphy – “Lucky to Be Alive”

Today’s Pink Ribbon Blues Contributor is Claire Festel, a writer from British Columbia. Her new book, Remarkable Yukon Women, shares the profiles of fifty women over the age of fifty who were born, or who settled in, the sparsely populated Yukon territory of western Canada. Illustrated with portraits of these women by artist Valerie Hodgson of Whitehorse, Yukon, the . . . → Read More: Carol Murphy – “Lucky to Be Alive”

“Blood Lines”: An Exhibit by Elizabeth M. Claffey

In October 2009 Suzan was diagnosed with stage 3B inflammatory breast cancer. Her doctors told her that the tumor that engorged her left breast and caused her nipple to invert was growing at a fast rate. Instead of the usual 5 percent growth rate in cancer cells, Suzan’s cells were growing at a rate of 40 percent.

About a week . . . → Read More: “Blood Lines”: An Exhibit by Elizabeth M. Claffey

The Terrible Stories: Award-winning African American Poet Contends with Cancer

Award-winning African American poet Lucille Clifton wrote thirteen books of poetry and more than sixteen children’s books. She received numerous honors for her literary work, served as Poet Laureate for the State of Maryland, and was a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she taught for eighteen years. At age 58, Clifton joined the ranks . . . → Read More: The Terrible Stories

Sarah Horton Live: Refusing to Stand in the Collusion of Silence

In October 2010 Sarah Horton, author of Being Sarah, appeared on Radio 4‘s Woman’s Hour with Jennie Murray and live radio interviews on Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester. Sarah discussed rising incidence rates, breast cancer recurrence, representations of breast cancer in mass media and pink campaigns, social support, and the need for research . . . → Read More: Sarah Horton Live

Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals

Excerpt from Pink Ribbon Blues

“I am a post-mastectomy woman who believes our feelings need voice in order to be recognized, respected, and of use.” — Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals

Audre Lorde, African American poet, essayist, autobiographer, novelist, and nonfiction writer, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978. Six months after her modified radical mastectomy, she began . . . → Read More: Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals

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“Pink Ribbon Blues”

Paperback includes a new Introduction on fundraising controversies and a color insert with images of, and reactions to, the pinking of breast cancer (2012).

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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