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By Jodi Burton, BCAction member
I flew on Delta Airlines this October and the airline was ALL about breast cancer and pink ribbons. I arrived in Minneapolis to change planes. Before passengers boarded onto their connecting flight, flight attendants brought out a shellacked pink pumpkin, got on the public address system, and asked people to donate $10′s and $20′s (preferably), “just stick it in the pumpkin.” It felt like a shakedown. Read More »
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director
In just one month nearly 32,000 people from across the country signed our Toxic Time is Up petition. That’s more than 1,000 people per day during October who joined together to demand an end to pinkwashing by removing cancer-causing chemicals from our daily lives. Read More »
We are more than halfway through October and pink ribbon products abound. Even the bottle cap for a non-breast cancer prescription from Walgreens comes with a pink ribbon on it. Each year, my outrage grows over companies that put pink ribbons on absolutely anything in the name of breast cancer, and this year here they are again: cleaning agents, groceries, toilet paper, office supplies, beauty products, apparel, alcohol. You name it; odds are you can find a pink ribbon option. Read More »
“Would you like a dose of breast cancer with your purchase ma’am?”
This sounds like an absurd question, but that’s exactly what we’re being asked every time we buy perfume, plastic water bottles, fried chicken, and other pink products stamped with the iconic pink ribbon.
My name is Tania Katan, and this October, I signed the Toxic Time Is Up petition because I believe eliminating toxins from our daily lives will make a huge difference to stop cancer before it starts.
As someone who has endured breast cancer two times, I am outraged that all too often, the pink products sold to us under the guise of “finding a cure,” or “raising awareness,” or “research” contain the very chemicals that can CAUSE cancer in the first place! Read More »
Why is the breast cancer epidemic still raging after 30 years of “awareness” and pink ribbon products?
Each year, corporations pack the shelves with pink ribbon products, surrounding us with “breast cancer awareness” messages. These products help to raise billions of dollars in the name of breast cancer, and yet more than 40,000 women in the U.S. still die of the disease every year. And many corporations sell pink ribbon products in the name of breast cancer that actually contain chemicals linked to an increased risk of the disease. At Breast Cancer Action, we call this blatant hypocrisy “pinkwashing.” Read More »
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director
Today is October 1st and I have a severe case of déjà vu. Congress and the President are facing off, yet again, while the public pays the price. And once again, countless corporations are enjoying the marketing bonanza of “Breast Cancer Industry Month” while women pay the price with their lives.
And, yet again, corporations are selling pink ribbon products in the name of breast cancer that contain chemicals linked to an increased risk of the disease.
Do you have any idea how many toxic chemicals are in the average pink ribbon product? Nope? Neither do we. Nor does anyone!
All anyone knows for certain is that only a small handful—about 200 of the over 80,000 chemicals in use in the United States—have been tested for human safety. And that’s a serious problem. For all of us. Enough is enough. I’m pushing back on pink! Read More »
By Annie Sartor, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator
Are you dreading October, a.k.a. Breast CancerIndustry Month? Are you bracing yourself for this year’s parade of pink ?
Don’t bury your head in the sand just yet! Join me and other pink ribbon-fatigued activists on our next free community webinar in October, when we’ll ask and explore “What Are Pink Ribbons Hiding?” and how we can use this year’s Breast Cancer Industry Month to make a real change in the breast cancer epidemic. Read More »
Sometimes, we all want to bury our heads in the sand during October. But we’re so much more effective when we stand up with all the other thousands of people who feel the same way, and turn our anger into action. Read More »
We’re really looking forward to spending an evening with you and others in the Breast Cancer Action network next week at our Acting Out - For the Health of It event at Brava Theater.
With the assistance of a text-to-speech computer program, Brenner, the former executive director of Breast Cancer Action, sent stinging missives to the head of the ALS clinical trials program and Food and Drug Administration officials, and continued her less public work of advising others dealing with ALS and breast cancer.
“Cancer Breakthrough!” “New treatment Discovered!” “New Breast Cancer discovery!” “Cure!”
As media consumers, how can we separate the media hype from the real progress? How can we understand the relevance and importance of a news story, as well as determine whether a particular article is only telling half the story or lacks adequate evidence? Read More »
Can anyone own the sun or the air?
The very idea is absurd; yet, this question is the crux of our case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 15th. Currently, Myriad Genetics owns a patent on the human BRCA 1&2 genes – more commonly known as the “breast cancer” genes. Breast Cancer Action believes that human genes belong to human beings, not corporations.
On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for this case. Please, join Breast Cancer Action and activists from across the country for a rally to outlaw human gene patents. Read More »
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director
Breast Cancer Action’s case against the BRCA gene patent is going to the Supreme Court! Please join me in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 30th to learn more about our upcoming case against Myriad Genetics, the company that holds a patent on the BRCA1&2 genes (the so-called “breast cancer” genes.) Breast Cancer Action is the only breast cancer organization that is a plaintiff in this landmark case represented by the ACLU. Read More »
By Runi Limary, breast cancer survivor and co-plaintiff on Myriad Genetics lawsuit
Seven years ago, when I was just 28, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Four years ago, I joined the lawsuit challenging Myriad Genetics’ right to own the “breast cancer genes,” BRCA 1 and 2, which we all have in our bodies.
I believe patenting human genes is wrong. I’m proud to stand alongside Breast Cancer Action in this landmark lawsuit that will be heard by the Supreme Court this spring. Read More »
By Britta Reida, BCAction member
The first time I donated to Breast Cancer Action, I was struggling financially. My initial reaction to their request for financial support was: “I wish I could, but I can’t afford it. Once I can meet my own needs, then I can help others.”
I feared toxic chemicals in my environment were at least partially to blame for my breast cancer diagnosis and was spending my money on several anti-cancer supplements and detoxifying products. I didn’t have much wiggle room in my budget. Read More »
I get too many gut-wrenching calls from friends and acquaintances telling me they’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. Each time, I live with the terrible truth that despite the popular promise that “early detection saves lives,” I know no matter how early breast cancer is found, there are no guarantees with this disease.
That’s why Breast Cancer Action will always be unapologetic about challenging assumptions – and inspiring change – to address and end this breast cancer epidemic.
Women count on Breast Cancer Action, and we count on you. We depend on you to invest in the game-changing work we’re doing together. Will you make a donation to Breast Cancer Action right now? Read More »
Thank you, thank you, and thank you again. We can’t say it enough. Thank you!
Thank you for being part of Breast Cancer Action’s community of fierce, passionate, committed activists and for all the big and small ways you work to address and end this breast cancer epidemic.
Your individual actions—writing letters, passing out toolkits, attending webinars, rallying your friends, donating money, and generally raising a ruckus—are part of the tremendous collective work our community does together. Together we’re a mighty force for change. Read More »
Chesapeake Energy and its subsidiary Nomac Drilling have nominated themselves for worst pinkwasher of the year.
In case you missed it last week, Nomac Drilling has been promoting ”breast cancer awareness” by wrapping a new drilling rig in pink all while fracking the heck out of communities across the U.S. Fracking is an extremely toxic process used to extract oil or natural gas that exposes people to a variety of chemicals, some of which are linked to breast cancer. Read More »
If you thought pink KFC buckets of fried chicken was as bad as pinkwashing could get, we’ve got news for you.
Turns out Nomac Drilling, the second largest natural gas producer in the U.S., is in the running for worst pinkwasher yet. Recently the company unveiled their drilling rig wrapped in a big bold pink ribboned package in support of breast cancer awareness! Nomac Drilling, and its parent company, Chesapeake Energy, claim to care about women living with and at risk of breast cancer by promoting their pink rig, while they continue to pump cancer-linked chemicals into our environment. You know what this is: PINKWASHING! Read More »
Last month, we talked about the unique role our government plays in regulating toxins and chemicals so they don’t make it into our food chain, our water, the air we breathe and the beauty and cleaning products we use all day, every day. This month, we invite you to participate in our free webinar, featuring two of our partners—the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and the Environmental Working Group, to present “Toxic Cosmetics Part II: Demanding Stronger Regulation.” Read More »
Thank you to the thousands of Breast Cancer Action members who took action during this year’s Think Before You Pink ® campaign, “It’s an Epidemic, Stupid!” You are awesome.
Activists like you across the country asked elected officials in all 50 states (as well as DC and Puerto Rico) to support our 2012 Breast Cancer Action Mandate for Government Action. Read More »
By Britta Reida, Breast Cancer Action member
Ah, October. The month I, and most other breast cancer survivors I know, dread. Why can’t October be about beautiful foliage, pumpkins, and cozy sweaters in the crisp, autumn air? Why does October have to be a time when we’re all drowning in a sea of pink ribbons?
There are multiple things that bother me about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One is that not only are we supposed to think that shopping is the best way to fight breast cancer (it’s really not), but many of the pink ribbon products actually contain chemicals that could give us cancer. What?! Read More »