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Why Is No Other Disease So Literally Tied Up With Ribbons and Shopping?

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 10.27.2014 | Media
Nancy Stordahl

Every October I find myself wondering what's next. I find myself wondering what outlandish new breast cancer awareness campaign will surface. I wonder what new product will emerge transformed into its new temporary, tacky, pink version.

Think Before You Pink: Stop the Distraction

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

It's Breast Cancer Industry Month and the pink floodgates have opened. And again we ask: what have all these pink ribbon products and promotions done for women living with and at risk of breast cancer?

A Pink Perspective: I Bought a Pink Blow Dryer. I Found A Lump. I Got the Call. I Realized How Much I Didn't Know.

Allison W. Gryphon | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Allison W. Gryphon

I realize the topic of breast cancer month can bring out some fierce emotions so the first thing I want to say is, what I'm writing here is not about stirring the pot or getting up on my soap box.

Raising Awareness for Raising Awareness

Dori Hartley | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
Dori Hartley

While it's good to raise awareness, let's not forget that the people we're trying to help need us now, not after their disease has taken away everything they have.

Vicarious Philanthropy: Are We Doing Good or Just Buying More?

Kimann Schultz | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Kimann Schultz

When we as shopaholic Americans consume via do-gooder products and entertainment, what are we really doing other than lifting a corporation's bottom line?

The Not-So-Pink Truth About the World of Stage IV

Sarah Amento | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
Sarah Amento

I still see beautiful women battling this disease with dignity and strength unlike any I have ever seen, but now, I see other images, too.

Funding Cancer Research: The Danger of Brightly Colored Ribbons

Joaquin M. Espinosa | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science
Joaquin M. Espinosa

Pink ribbons are for breast cancer, dark blue ribbons are for colon cancer, and so on. But cancer is more a disease of genes than one of specific tissues, so the specialization of our research and educational efforts based solely on a given cancer's tissue of origin could have detrimental aspects.

New Year, New Approach to Breast Cancer

Fran Visco | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Fran Visco

It may surprise many people, but aside from the deadline, little has changed in breast cancer over the past 50 years. Breast cancer awareness is at an all time high. Yet there is an appalling lack of results to show for all of it.

The Times' Breast Cancer Brouhaha

Amy Wu | Posted 02.03.2014 | Women
Amy Wu

The brouhaha over readers mixed reactions over The New York Times' front page photo of a breast cancer conqueror enrages me.

Updating the Toxic Substance Control Act and Haley's Ribbon: Looping Back to Breast Cancer Prevention

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

The story of the pink ribbon is the story of how breast cancer prevention has been marginalized and the power of people to stand up to corporations. Few people know that the pink ribbon began as a peach ribbon for prevention.

The Exploitation of Childhood Cancer and the Government Shutdown

Jonathan Agin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

You all remember that little government shutdown a handful of weeks back don't you? Doctors in lab coats stood behind members of Congress as we all worried about children currently battling cancer and those newly diagnosed.

The Truth About Pink

Cari Shane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cari Shane

So, she put the word out on FB about her mission and asked men and women to send real photos of themselves in all stages of cancer; photos that showed the truth about what cancer looks like.

'I Don't Have An Inspirational Word To Say About Having Breast Cancer'

Deborah Doucette | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

People have asked me how I found the lump. I hardly ever tell them the truth because I'm afraid they would think I'm crazy. I'll tell you, but not yet.

BRA Day-October 16th

Lisa Masters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

Reconstruction should be viewed as part of the whole treatment because it affects the whole person.

Beyond Pink Ribbons to Breast Cancer Prevention

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Rizzo

An alarming 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime. That represents a 40 percent increase in just a generation. If the NFL teams on those pink-ribboned fields were losing that badly the fans would be booing and the owners would be swapping out coaches and players.

A Secret Fear Teaches Me an Ugly Truth About 'Awareness'

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Debbie Woodbury

Lining other people's pockets in the name of breast cancer will not save our sisters living with metastatic cancer. Only research will do that.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Pinktober Shminktober

Seporah Raizer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

How the hell is a "Save the Tatas" mug supposed to save a life? In truth, it should say, "Save your money, go home, get naked, and check yourself not just for lumps, but for ALL the signs and symptoms that could possibly indicate breast cancer."

Breast Cancer Awareness Without Mets Awareness Isn't Awareness At All

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nancy Stordahl

Individuals living with stage IV/metastatic breast cancer don't like October, all the pink hoopla and the countless pink ribbons that appear everywhere. They feel they do not fit the image of the strong, brave and positive-minded warrior in pink.

October: Color Me Pink!

Lisa Masters | Posted 11.18.2013 | Women
Lisa Masters

I now see October as PINK. I envision rows of white cupcakes with pink butter cream icing. After all, I was diagnosed October 4th. For me, October 4th has become my second birthday and I celebrate that day every year.

Thanks for Nothing, Mr. President

Jonathan Agin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Lighting the White House gold would not cure any children or provide additional research funding. But that is not the point.

Mr. President, Did the Childhood Cancer Community Miss Your Call?

Jonathan Agin | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

President Obama, perhaps you recall that back in January 2013 I reached out to you to talk about three specific small asks for the childhood cancer co...

I Went To A Cancer Party -- And I Liked It

Erika Lade | Posted 12.25.2012 | Women
Erika Lade

I saw the people who have held my hand, poked me with needles, taken my vital signs and treated my cancer, and I saw them for once in a non-medical way. They were not in white coats and sneakers or scrubs -- they were laughing, eating and drinking cocktails.

My Cancer Isn't Pink -- So Why Do You Want It To Be?

Erika Lade | Posted 12.17.2012 | Women
Erika Lade

I was suddenly spurned out into the churning, frenetic nature of Manhattan with beguiling news. I had cancer. And pretty bad, too.

Pink-Ribboned Soup Cans? We Can Taste the Hypocrisy!

Margie Kelly | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Margie Kelly

Is it some kind of sick joke that cans lined with a chemical linked to cancer are sporting pink ribbons?

Ten Things Wrong With the Pink Ribbon

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 12.09.2012 | Women
Nancy Stordahl

What's wrong with the pink ribbon anyway? I've been asked this question more than a few times. It seems like a fair question, so I thought I'd share some thoughts about why the pink ribbon has lost its appeal to many, including me.