Tickets are going fast for our sneak peek benefit screening of Pink Ribbons, Inc. next Thursday, May 31st, in San Francisco. Critics are calling this hard-hitting documentary “powerful” and “subversive”. Join us! Bring your friends. We promise you’ll never see a pink ribbon the same way again. Read More
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What’s in that ice cream you’re eating? Or the cheese that’s on your sandwich? In fact, what’s in your milk? Ironically it’s not just milk, and that may surprise you. All over the country, we’re being exposed to recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), an artificial growth hormone given to dairy cows to stimulate milk production. All this exposure despite the fact that rBGH has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer. Read More »
Does the name Charlotte Haley sound familiar to you? Until recently, I had no idea who she was, despite being a former oncology nurse. I’ve spent my life alongside women diagnosed with breast cancer. And yet Charlotte’s story was completely unknown to me.
Charlotte Haley should be one of the most famous women in the world. Everyone touched by breast cancer should know her story. Read More »
By Karuna Jaggar, BCAction Executive Director
How do you turn a tide? How do you change a whole movement? How do you convince multitudes of people that to do great good, we need to make great change? Read More »
By Kellea Miller, BCAction Board of Directors
“There is a thin line between raising money for a good cause and using a good cause to raise money.”
On February 1st, many of us lost our faith in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Komen had just pulled its funding for Planned Parenthood, one of the few places for women to receive low-cost breast cancer screenings. Women across the country spoke out in surprise and disbelief. One of my aunts wrote on her Facebook page, “If this is true I am shocked!” Read More »
Billions of dollars have been raised through the tireless efforts of women and men devoted to putting an end to breast cancer. Yet, breast cancer rates in North America have risen to 1 in 8. “What’s going on?” asks our former Executive Director Barbara Brenner in Pink Ribbons, Inc. a new film now playing across Canada and debuting in the U.S. this year. Read More »
Beverly Canin, breast cancer activist and member of BCAction Board of Directors, recently co-authored a great opinion piece on Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood. Read More »
Over the last few weeks people like you, from all walks of life issued a wake up call to the world: women’s health comes before political and corporate agendas. If we’re taking a serious look at the motives behind breast cancer fundraising let’s be honest: pink ribbon vodka and pink buckets of fried chicken won’t end this epidemic.
And, every time a company slaps a pink ribbon on a product that increases our risk of breast cancer, corporate profits come before women’s health. Contributing to and then profiting from a disease that kills 40,000 women a year is wrong and it’s time we put an end to it! Read More »
Komen’s Planned Parenthood Decision a Victory, But a Small One: Challenging the Status Quo of Breast Cancer
Women’s healthcare is under assault once again. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is pulling all funding for Planned Parenthood, an outrageous decision that threatens women’s access to vital health services. But what’s particularly concerning is this funding cut will impact underserved communities most. Read More »
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director
I’ve been closely watching the Occupy movement both locally and as it’s spread across the nation over the past few months. I’m inspired by the coming together of all these people to make systemic changes and I am repeatedly struck by the parallels between Occupy’s mission and Breast Cancer Action’s work to challenge polluters and pinkwashersand our actions to put patients before profit. Read More »
By Rachel Cheetham, blogger at The Cancer Culture Chronicles and BCAction member
I’m forty one years old, living with metastatic breast cancer and I’m angry. I’m also a blogger and an active participant in the online breast cancer community, engaging in spirited debates and discussions about all things breast cancer with women and men from around the world. Read More »
By Sandra Steingraber, ecologist and author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment
I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1979, at the age of 20, while my mom, in her 40s, was being treated for metastatic breast cancer. Like many cancer patients, I wanted to know Why me? Especially since I am adopted and could not rely on the stock explanation, “cancer runs in my genes.”
I was in third grade when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember the tears our friends and family shed as she shared her diagnosis. I remember her guiding my hand, much smaller than hers then, to feel the lump in her breast so I could know what it felt like to help protect me in the future. Even when I know she felt weak and worse, to me, she always seemed so strong. And as a single mother and now a breast cancer survivor, strength doesn’t even begin to cover it. Read More »
For more than two decades, Breast Cancer Action has diligently challenged the cancer industry and the breast cancer advocacy movement at large to address the root causes of the breast cancer epidemic and to ask critical questions about where the money goes, how it is raised, and what it accomplishes. Read More »
We’re currently at the 2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, providing recaps and analysis of information coming out of the symposium. To read our summaries, you can visit our BCAction website. We wanted to share with you our reaction to a new report on the environment and breast cancer that was released at the symposium yesterday.
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December 7th, 2011
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–Breast Cancer Action (BCAction), the respected watchdog of the breast cancer movement, responded with disappointment to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach released today at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Read More »
Thank you so much to to everyone who took action against pinkwashing and for women’s health during this year’s Think Before You Pink® campaign. We are excited to report back to you about the campaign’s results and successes. Read More »
By Zoe Christopher, BCAction Resource Liaison
Lately I’ve been having a hard time reconciling our focus on a “pinked perfume” with the realities of the current global crisis. Sometimes I feel small and ineffective, climbing a short ladder set against the wrong tree. Read More »
By Caitlin Carmody, BCAction Membership Coordinator
I’ll admit it—I’m a grump about most breast cancer fundraising events. I’m a grump about the high overhead and I’m a grump about all of the pinkwashers that find their way into the mix.
But I am thrilled to be genuinely excited about an upcoming event hosted by Breast Cancer Action, which promises to be an evening of culinary delight, with nary a pinkwasher in sight.
It’s October, and that means the pink ribbons are out in force. You’ve seen them at grocery stores, at restaurants, and at athletic events. Their prevalence is undeniable, but the real question is: do they do any good? Read More »
By Caitlin Carmody, BCAction Membership Coordinator
On Monday, newsmagazine Mother Jones asked in a headline, “Is Susan G. Komen denying the BPA-breast cancer link?” My answer is yes, they are, and here’s why.
Komen, among others, is denying the BPA-breast cancer link just as they are denying the potential health threats of their “Promise Me” perfume because they continue to endorse the “innocent until proven guilty” standard by which toxic chemicals are regulated in this country. Read More »