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Breast Cancer Action is a nationally recognized voice for putting patients before profits, regulating cancer-causing toxins, and eliminating health inequities. Our campaigns and advocacy work have received extensive media coverage. We’ve included highlights below.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Women’s health advocates denounce Komen Foundation’s partnership with Baker Hughes (October 24, 2014)

90.5 WESA (Pittsburgh’s NPR news station): Activists Urge Susan G. Komen Cut Ties With Fracking Industry (October 24, 2014)

The Washingon Post: Komen is supposed to be curing breast cancer. So why is its pink ribbon on so many carcinogenic products? (October 21, 2014)

The Bay Area Reporter: Breast cancer group decries pink marketing (October 16, 2014)

Women’s Health Magazine: The Problem with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 15, 2014)

WHYY: Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (October 14, 2014)

Ms. Magazine: Breast Cancer Industry Month Is Here! (October 13, 2014)

Bitch Magazine: The Problems With Pinktober (October 13, 2014)

Mother Nature Network: Fracking company’s pink drill bits spark outrage (October 13, 2014)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Firm’s drill-bit stunt stirs up all-out pink stink (October 12, 2014)

NBC: Pink Drill Bits Bring Complaints of Komen Tie to Fracking (October 11, 2014)

NPR (StateImpact): Not so pretty in pink? Drill bits for breast cancer spark controversy (October 10, 2014)

NonProfit Quarterly: Self Destruction: Komen and the Pink Fracking Drill Head (October 10, 2014)

MinnPost: ‘Frack-for-the-cure’ breast-cancer awareness campaign offers latest example of corporate ‘pinkwashing’ (October 10, 2014)

Medscape: The Silenced Breast Cancer Speaks Up (October 9, 2014)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Komen Deal With Fracking Firm Raises ‘Pinkwash’ Charges (October 9, 2014)

Medscape: Curing or Causing? Komen Partners With Fracking Company (October 9, 2014)

Mother Jones: Fracking Chemicals, Brought to You By Susan G. Komen (October 9, 2014)

Truthout: Komen and the Pinkwashed Drill Bit: Fracking “For the Cure” (October 9, 2014)

Feministing: Fracking company honors the victims of the breast cancer they help cause with pink drill bits (October 9, 2014)

Bustle: Fracking Company Launches Pink Drill Bits, Because Nothing Says Breast Cancer Aawareness Like Fracking (October 9, 2014)

New York Magazine: Fracking Company Produces Pink Drill Bits in the Name of Breast-Cancer Research (October 8, 2014)

The Huffington Post: Susan G. Komen Partners With Fracking Firm, Despite Possible Cancer Links (October 8, 2014)

Jezebel: Komen and Fracking Company Team Up to Cause and Cure Breast Cancer (October 8, 2014)

Vice Magazine: The NFL’s Pink October Does Not Raise Money for Cancer Research (October 8, 2014)

USA Today: Pink ribbons, ice buckets: Any way to choose a charity? (October 5, 2014)

The Guardian (op-ed): The NFL’s breast cancer scam sells bunk science to profit off pink clothes (October 5, 2014)

Michigan Radio: Think before you buy pink items (October 4, 2014)

Health News Review: Breast Cancer Action says Stop the Distraction – others call for a different awareness focus (October 3, 2014)

Jezebel: How the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Lies to Women (October 1, 2013)

The Women’s Health Activist: Mammography for Black Women: Why I Won’t Be Silent Anymore (September/October 2014 issue)

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Is Raising Visibility a Waste of Time? (September 8, 2014)

KQED State of Health: Are Double Mastectomy Rates Driven by ‘Pink-Ribbon Culture Fearmongering’? (September 4, 2014)

KQED ForumNew Study Questions Benefits of Double Mastectomy (September 4, 2014)

Think Progress: Why All Your Facebook Friends Are Taking The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ (August 11, 2014)

Psychology Today: Decision-Making in the Midst of Medical Un/Certainty (August 7, 2014)

The Huffington Post: On Mastectomies, Pink Ribbon Culture, and Women’s Choices (July 31, 2014)

The New York Times: A Cancer Treatment in Your Medicine Cabinet? (May 19, 2014)

The Guardian (op-ed): Breast cancer mammograms: overrated – and over-diagnosing women (April 28, 2014)

KPFA: Big news about mammograms — or is it? (March 17, 2014)

San Francisco ChronicleRuling helps rein in the Wild West of genetic testing (March 17, 2014)

USA Today: Colorado cancer fundraiser jailed (January 31, 2014)

Yahoo! News: Breast Cancer Survivor Responds to NYT Photo Controversy (December 3, 2013)

The Huffington Post: Genetic Testing Should Adhere to Medical, Not Business, Ethics: FDA’s Regulation of 23andMe Is a Welcome Move for Consumers (December 1, 2013)

The Huffington Post: The Chemical Safety Improvement Act Falls Short: Open Letter to Congress (November 12, 2013)

The Kansas City Star Magazine: Let’s stop being boobs when it comes to breast cancer (November 8, 2013)

The Huffington Post: Updating the Toxic Substance Control Act and Haley’s Ribbon: Looping Back to Breast Cancer Prevention (November 8, 2013)

The Michigan Times: Think Before You Pink (November 6, 2013)

KQED: Study Finds Girls Entering Puberty Younger; Obesity Implicated (November 4, 2013)

Truthout: Are Those Companies’ Charitable Proceeds Actually Going to Charity? (November 2, 2013)

The Huffington Post: Bottle Tops and Breast Cancer: Pushing Mammograms With Every Prescription (October 30, 2013)

PolicyMic: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month Is Actually a Huge Insult to Women (October 29, 2013)

Alternet: How We Can End the Sale of Cancer-Causing Products (October 25, 2013)

The Huffington Post: We Can’t Waste Another October: End Pinkwashing and Stop Cancer Before It Starts (October 24, 2013)

Ms. Magazine: Think Before You Pink: Toxic Time Is Up (October 24, 2013)

KRCBThe Downside of the “Pinking” of America (October 22, 2013)

International Business Times: Beyond Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Chemical Pinkwashing Persists During October’s Ribbon Ruse (October 22, 2013)

APHA Newsletter: Health is Not Just Health Care: Inequities in Breast Cancer (October 21, 2013)

The Investigative Fund: How Breast Cancer ‘Awareness’ Might Cause Cancer (October 21, 2013)

Bustle: Pinkwashing: The Truth Behind Breast Cancer Awareness Products (October 18, 2013)

Los Angeles Times: What’s behind the pink of Breast Cancer Awareness Month? (October 16, 2013)

Carroll County Times: Survivors, advocates ask for responsibility with breast cancer awareness (October 15, 2013)

Jezebel: Fun Breast Cancer® Awareness™ Products That Can Cause Breast Cancer® (October 14, 2013)

Stupid Cancer Show: Think Before You Pink (October 14, 2013)

ABC News: Pinkwashing is real, and it hurts (October 10, 2013)

WEBZ: ‘Think Before You Pink’ raises awareness about breast cancer–and about giving to the cause (October 7, 2013)

This Is Reno: OPINION: Please don’t wear a pink ribbon for me (October 4, 2013)

Reuters: How to shop during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 2, 2013)

Phoenix New Times: Tania Katan Says Keep Your Pink Ribbon-ed Cupcakes to Yourself (October 2, 2013)

The Huffington Post: California Controversy: Let’s Not Expand the Market in Women’s Eggs (September 3, 2013)

San Francisco Chronicle: “Fracking, breast cancer” (letter to the editor): (August 31, 2013)

Ms. Magazine: Test Cases (Summer 2013 print issue)

Huffington Post: 40 Years Later, Relearning That Sometimes Less Is More in Breast Cancer (August 16, 2013)

San Francisco Chronicle: When a carcinoma isn’t actually a cancer (August 7, 2013)

The Huffington Post: Climate Action Plan, EPA and Breast Cancer: We Won’t Trade Our Health for Reduced Carbon Emissions (July 29, 2013)

Ms. Magazine: People Over Profit: What the BRCA Ruling Means for Patients’ Rights (June 19, 2013)

USA Today: Justices rule human genes cannot be patented (June 13, 2013)

KTVU: Supreme Court rules against patenting human genes (June 13, 2013)

The Nation: Supreme Court Strikes Down Human Gene Patents (June 13, 2013)

Yahoo News: Supreme Court reaches compromise on breast cancer gene patent (June 13, 2013)

KQED: San Francisco Breast Cancer Advocates Jubilant Over Supreme Court Human Genes Ruling (June 13, 2013)

MSNBC: Organizations cash in on commercial potential of cancer (May 19, 2013)

Al Jazeera: Should human genes be patented? (May 17, 2013)

The Nation: Cashing in on breast cancer awareness (May 16, 2013)

USA Today: Angelina Jolie’s news prompts women to call doctors (May 15, 2013)

CBS Bay Area: Jolie’s Genetic Link Not The Only Cause Of Breast Cancer (May 14, 2013)

KTVU: Cancer-risk assessment program may push for too much treatment (May 14, 2013)

KQED: Why Angelina Jolie’s ‘medical choice’ is likely not yours (May 14, 2013)

KTVU: SPECIAL REPORT: New 3D mammograms could reduce false positives (May 1, 2013)

Reuters: Learning from breast cancer (April 30, 2013)

Feministing: Are mainstream breast cancer awareness initiatives hurting more than they’re helping? (April 29, 2013)

Psychology Today: Patients, Patents, and Profits in a Genomic Age (April 23, 2013)

HuffPost Live: Should Anyone Be Allowed to Patent Your Genes? (April 16, 2013)

Women’s E-News: High Court Hears Breast Cancer Cancer Research Case (April 15, 2013)

CBS: Supreme Court Case On Gene Patents Could Impact Bay Area Biotech

Ms. Magazine: The Breast Cancer Gene and Control of Women’s Bodies (April 13, 2013)

KQED: Who Owns Your Genes? (April 12, 2013)

Los Angeles Times (op-ed): Who should own DNA? All of us (April 12, 2013)

AP: High Court to Decide if Genes Can Be Patented (April 11, 2013)

The GuardianUS Supreme Court to decide if companies can patent human genes (April 11, 2013)

Al-Jazeera: Have breast cancer campaigns been beneficial? (November 2, 2012)

USA Today: Supporting people with cancer all year long (October 13, 2012)

Ms. Magazine: What the Pink? Boozing for Boobs (October 8, 2012)

Bitch Magazine: Unraveling the Ribbon: Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn’t just about pink. (October 4, 2012)

XO Jane: I hate Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 5, 2012)

The Guardian: Pinkification: how breast cancer awareness got commodified for profit (October 3, 2012)

JezebelThe Silliest Pink Crap Money Can Buy, None of Which Will Cure Breast Cancer (October 3, 2012)

KQED: Think Pink? I’d Rather Raise a Stink (October 3, 2012)

NPR: Scientists Parse Genes Of Breast Cancer’s Four Major Types (September 24, 2012)

New York Times: Study Divides Breast Cancer Into Four Distinct Types (September 23, 2012)

USA Today: Critics skeptical despite shake-up at Susan G. Komen (August 10, 2012)

KALW: What do we know about reducing risk for breast cancer? (July 2, 2012)

AP: FDA grants meeting on Avastin for breast cancer (February 24, 2011)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Some Donors Flee Komen for Other Cancer Groups (February 7, 2012)

Forbes: The Pinkwashing Debate: Empty Criticism or Serious Liability? (November 4, 2011)

NBC Channel 5: Komen to Reformulate Perfume After Unfavorable Allegations (October 13, 2011)

USA Today: Komen’s pink ribbons raise green, and questions (July 7, 2011)

CNN: Patients, scientists at odds over breast cancer drug (June 18, 2011)

On the Issues Magazine: Snipping Pink Sentimentality: Persisting on the Whys of Breast Cancer (March 15, 2011)

LA Times: The downside of awareness campaigns (October 4, 2010)

NPR: Turning Cancer, Other Diseases, Into Causes (August 24, 2010)

The Huffington Post: Greed, Cancer and Pink KFC Buckets (May 17, 2010)

AP: New advice: Skip mammograms in 40s, start at 50 (November 17, 2009)

Newsweek: Seeing Red In Pink Products: One Woman’s Fight Against Breast Cancer Consumerism (October 13, 2009)