October: Breast Cancer Awareness Scam Month

The people who are not aware of breast cancer are our most vulnerable populations: poor, uneducated women who don't speak English. Who is pouring money into getting out into underserved neighborhoods with culturally, linguistically, and reading-level appropriate materials to let ignored populations of women know about their risk? I can barely summon the strength to get into the stupidity of raising awareness for breast cancer, getting women free mammograms because they have no health insurance, and then not having any comprehensive program in place to help them when these same women find out they have breast cancer. Raising awareness is not useful if we aren't also going to do actual, concrete things that save women's lives when they discover that they have it. ...more
@lucore You should research Dr. Burzynski or read Pink Ribbons, Inc. (the doc is on Netflix) or ...more

The Pink Invasion

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are turning, the temperature is falling, and the over commercialization of the pink ribbon has started.Yes…it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, that time of year when every product in Walmart, Target, and the grocery stores decorate their packaging with a pink ribbon.  I don’t mean to sound cynical, but Breast Cancer Awareness Month should go the way of shoulder pads, fanny packs, and pet rocks....ContinueLanita Moss ...more

Are You Aware of Breast Cancer?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you do not know this already, you soon will, as marketers will inundate the shelves, airwaves, and pages with items you can buy to raise awareness for breast cancer. You will be made to feel like you are doing something very important by buying anything in a pink package. You are saving women by making them aware of breast cancer! Never mind that some of these very same products contain chemicals that are linked to causing cancer. Never mind that many of these companies give very little to breast cancer organizations. ...more
You have some really valid points and I agree with a lot of what you said. As the mother of 2 ...more

Why I Don't Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Where are the campaigns to figure out why, once diagnosed, black women have longer delays in getting diagnostic results than white women? TheTheologiansCafe is soliciting topless photos to raise money for free mammograms for low-income women and asking women if they would pose nude for a good cause. (I’ll pause for a moment so I can be polite.) While that’s a nice idea -- helping women get a mammogram -- the real question is how are these low-income women supposed to pay for treatment if they find out that they have breast cancer? ...more
@Pat Annapolis This post is insane.  I have terminal, metastatic breast cancer.  I ate ...more

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Bunk

Three years ago, I saw a story on the news while I was at the gym. An investigative feature on the breast cancer awareness contributions that various corporations pledged during Breast Cancer Awareness Month found that most of these promotions led to increased sales and windfall profits that dwarfed the piddling donations that the extra sales generated. Until that moment, I was gung-ho about buying products marked with pink ribbons. ...more

Wow what an interesting point of view. My mom has struggled with breast cancer for about 10 ...more

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