Tell 3M: Say Never to Forever Chemicals

Each October, multibillion-dollar corporations try to make money off of breast cancer by telling us to buy their products to “support a good cause.” When 3M markets pink ribbon products, but also produces toxic forever chemicals that may contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer, that’s pinkwashing. 

Tell 3M’s executives to stop the production, use, and sale of all PFAS. Tell 3M to stop pinkwashing!

3M’s pink ribbon products can’t distract us from the fact that their PFAS are toxic and may increase the risk of breast cancer.

PFAS are called forever chemicals because they don’t break down, and evidence shows that even very low levels of PFAS exposure is not safe for human health. Researchers have found at least one PFAS in 98% of Americans.

Like many businesses looking to build their brand, over the years 3M has run several breast cancer promotions. 3M has marketed pink ribbon Post-its and is currently selling pink stethoscopes to “help the fight against breast cancer,” while continuing to produce and use PFAS that may increase the risk of breast cancer.

One of 3M’s own consultants warned that the chemical used for years in Scotchgard “is one of the strongest cancer promoters I’ve ever seen. In addition to causing some cancers, PFAS interfere with normal hormone functioning. They’ve also been shown to suppress the immune system, the body’s first line of defense, which helps the body prevent rogue cells from growing into breast cancer. Even low dose exposure to PFAS changes the structure of the mammary gland and interferes with breastfeeding.

Tell 3M’s executives to stop producing, using, and selling PFAS and to stop pinkwashing!

Marketing pink products isn’t enough! If 3M really cares about breast cancer, they will put our health before their PFAS-driven profits.


We’re So Close!

By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our members this month, and now we’re just $3,200 from meeting our $25,000 spring fundraising goal. Today is the deadline to give. Chip in now and help us reach our goal!

We get over 70% of our funding from individuals, which means we never have to take money from corporations or organizations that contribute to or profit from breast cancer. Our commitment to providing balanced information, so everyone can make fully informed decisions about breast cancer, is at the core of our work. We don’t tell people what to do, but we help people across the country navigate the many decisions that come with a breast cancer diagnosis—whether we’re fielding questions about surgery choices, the role of watchful waiting for DCIS, managing side effects or the tradeoffs of hormone therapies.

Help get us make it to our goal so we can continue to working to address and end the breast cancer epidemic!

Think Before You Pink, a project of Breast Cancer Action, launched in 2002 in response to the growing concern about the overwhelming number of pink ribbon products and promotions on the market. The campaign calls for more transparency and accountability by companies that take part in breast cancer fundraising, and encourages consumers to ask critical questions about pink ribbon promotions.

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