Articles

2019

San Francisco Chronicle: Pink-ribbon Culture is Gaslighting Women (October 23, 2019) 

WGBH (website): Seeing Red about the Mass Commercialization of ‘Pinktober‘ (October 7, 2019) 

East Bay Reporter: News Briefs: Breast Cancer Pinkwashing Campaign Launches (October 9, 2019) 

WGBH (website): Seeing Red about the Mass Commercialization of ‘Pinktober‘ (October 7, 2019) 

Medium: Lymphedema: What You Need to Know (July 10, 2019) 

The Daily BeastBig Pharma Lines Pockets of Groups Opposing Medicare Changes (March 2, 2019)

Grist: Even 40 years after exposure, DDT linked to breast cancer (February 15, 2019)

YubaNet: Ford Expedition’s Outsized Pollution Rivals a Tyrannosaurus Rex (January 17, 2019)

2018

WKYC: Think before you pink: Making sure your money goes the right place (October 26, 2018)

Common Dreams: Ford, Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer (October 25, 2018)

Sierra ClubDon’t Drive For Me This October (October 23, 2018)

Sierra Club: Breast Cancer Action Tells Ford Motor Company to Stop Pinkwashing! (October 18, 2018)

VoxBreast cancer awareness products profit off survivors’ suffering (October 17, 2018)

AIM Media Texas: BBB: Breast Cancer Awareness Month: BBB advises consumers to be aware of pinkwashing (October 7, 2018)

TCPalm: Shop smart during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to support cancer organizations (Oct. 7, 2018)

Health News Review: Screening: How overdiagnosis and other harms can undermine the benefits (September 10, 2018)

San Francisco Chronicle: Angry activists plan to crash Jerry Brown’s SF climate summit (September 9, 2018)

QuartzThe way we use mammograms is seriously flawed but AI could change that (September 6, 2018)

The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center: Brown’s Last Chance activists arrested at State Capitol – photo essay (August 26, 2018)

Daily Kos: ‘Brown’s Last Chance’ campaign heats up with ‘Poison Pumpjack’ award, letter from scientists (July 12, 2018)

NewsdayGood news for breast cancer care (July 10, 2018)

Indianapolis Business Journal: Lilly rolls out its first-ever TV campaign for a cancer drug (May 11, 2018)

Medscape(need an account to access): Breast Cancer Info Scrubbed From Government Website (April 4, 2018)

PR Newswire: New Analysis Shows Limiting Oil Drilling In California Is Critical To GHG Emissions Cuts, Consumer Watchdog Says (February 28, 2018)

Medscape(need an account to access):Europe Says No to Neratinib for Breast Cancer (February 23, 2018)

2017

Huffington Post: Educating Others to “Think Before You Pink”, An Interview with Karuna Jaggar (November 29, 2017)

Philadelphia Inquirer: U.S. Mint unveils a pink-hued gold coin to benefit breast cancer cause (October 23, 2017)

Insider: A breast cancer survivor shares her honest thoughts on pink awareness ribbons — ‘they are not trying to find the cure’ (October 19, 2017)

The Daily Dot: Black women are dying from breast cancer—here’s how we can stop that (October 16, 2017)

The Daily Beast: The White House’s Pathetic Breast-Cancer Pinkwashing (October 16, 2017)

Phoenix New Times: A New Shade of Pink: Other Arizona Nonprofits Coloring in Fundraising Gap Left by Komen (October 12, 2017)

PR Daily: Why some breast cancer ‘awareness’ campaigns are getting flak (October 11, 2017)

Huffington Post: Instead Of Celebrating The 25th Anniversary Of The Pink Ribbon, We’re Taking Action (October 10, 2017)

Global News: Pinkwashing breast cancer: Are the pink items you’re buying actually benefiting charity? (October 9, 2017)

HealthNewsReview: Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How do we end up pink-washed every October? (October 4, 2017)

U.S. News & World Report: Does ‘Pinktober’ Risk Trivializing Breast Cancer? (October 3, 2017)

The Daily Astorian: Our view: Celebrate the success stories in local health care (October 2, 2017)

The Press Democrat: PD Editorial: Raising awareness of breast cancer and much more (October 1, 2017)

Bustle: Breast Cancer Awareness Items That Donate 100 Percent Of Proceeds To Charity (October 1, 2017)

The Daily Astorian: Breast cancer? Think more than pink (September 29, 2017)

USA Today: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ breast cancer news shows how far we’ve come (September 28, 2017)

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s Office (press release): Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Leads the OFF Act to End America’s Reliance on Fossil Fuels and Transition the Country to a Clean Energy Economy by 2035 (September 6, 2017)

KQED: The Painful Side of Positive Health Care Marketing (July 21,2017)

OZY: Could Air Pollution and Racism be Hidden Causes of Breast Cancer? (July 7, 2017)

Monthly Columbus: The pink knot: One woman’s quest to navigate the tangled world of mammography (May 10, 2017)

CU Independent: Conference on World Affairs: Women’s Perspectives on Social Movements (April 11, 2017)

The Guardian: Race for Life’s branding is cliched and infantile. It’s time to sink the pink (April 3, 2017)

Health News Review: One key detail you’re unlikely to see in news stories about mammography screening guidelines (January 31, 2017)

Common Dreams: 500+ Wide-Ranging Organizations Call for Rejection of Scott Pruitt as EPA Head (January 17, 2017)

2016

Los Angeles Times: How free coupons for patients help drugmakers hike prices by 1,000% (December 5, 2016)

Medscape(need an account to access): Study: Cancer Patient Advocates Like Pharma Money (November 16, 2016)

Thrilllist: We Need a Different Kind of Awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 27, 2016)

Observer: Can the Sustainable Fashion Movement Put an End to Pinkwashing? (October 24, 2016)

Toronto Sun: Seeing clearly through the pink haze (October 23, 2016)

Mic: Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How ‘pink’ campaigns distort the reality of the disease (October 19, 2016)

Mashable: Fighter jet gets pink paint job to raise breast cancer awareness (October 18, 2016)

TIME: This Is What Breast Cancer Activism Looked Like Before the Pink Ribbon (October 17, 2016)

WGBH News: Pink October And Breast Cancer: There’s A Better Way (October 14, 2016)

CCTV America: Group warns against products marketing breast cancer causes (October 14, 2016)

Benefits Pro(need an account to access): Don’t get ‘pinkwashed’: Be smart when donating for breast cancer (October 13, 2016)

LA Progressive: The Truth About Cancer Charities (October 2016)

Pittsburgh City Paper: Little consensus exists over breast-cancer ribbon and branding (October 5, 2016)

The Hastings Center: EpiPen Furor: Patient Groups Take Money, Stay Mum (August 31, 2016)

KQED: With Gene Test, Some Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemo: Study (August 25, 2016)

San Francisco Chronicle: Some women with early-stage breast cancer may want to avoid chemo (August 24, 2016)

Daily Kos: Groups deliver 350,000 petition signatures calling for halt to irrigating crops with oil wastewater (August 10, 2016)

EcoWatch: 350,000 People Call on Gov. Brown to Stop Irrigating Crops With Oil Wastewater (August 10, 2016)

EcoWatch: 10,000 March in Philly Calling for a Clean Energy Revolution. (July 25, 2016)

Alternet: Thousands Will March in Philly to Demand Fracking Ban on Eve of Democratic National Convention (July 22, 2016)

Common Dreams: Bolstered by New Proof of Asthma Link, Anti-Fracking Groups Plan ‘Massive’ March at DNC (July 19, 2016)

EcoWatch: March for a Clean Energy Revolution at the DNC With Breast Cancer Action (June 27, 2016)

Common Dreams: Thanks to Bipartisanship, a “Witches’ Brew of Unregulated Chemicals” Still Threatens Consumers (June 9, 2016)

Bloomberg BNA: Consumer Groups Object to FDA Reforms in Cure Bill (May 19, 2016)

Attn: This Woman Is Walking 1,000 Miles Topless for an Important Reason (May 11, 2016)

Here and Now: One Breast Cancer Advocate On Why She Hates Fundraising Walks (May 5, 2016)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Opinion: Why a Breast-Cancer Activist Hates Charity Walks (May 4, 2016)

Nonprofit Quarterly: New “Bright Spots” Report a Goldmine for Nonprofits about Successful Fundraising at the Grassroots (April 13, 2016)

Chronicle of Philanthropy(need a subscription to access): : 16 Nonprofits That Defy Fundraising Logic – and Make It Work(April 13, 2016)

NPR: More Women Are Having Mastectomies And Going Home The Same Day (February 22, 2016)

Medscape(need an account to access): : Women Increasingly Having Outpatient Mastectomies, New Federal Data Show (February 22, 2016)

USA Today: Patient groups funded by drugmakers are largely mum on high drug prices (January 21, 2016)

New York Daily News: Most women can start mammograms at 50, expert task force argues in latest salvo in screening skirmish (January 12, 2016)

2015

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Breast-Cancer Activists Call for More Science, Less Pink (November 2, 2015)

The Guardian: Why is breast cancer becoming deadlier for black women? (October 31, 2015)

Chicago Sun Times: Stop buying the NFL’s pink merchandise and start donating toward a breast-cancer cure (October 30, 2015)

The New York Times: A Growing Disenchantment With October ‘Pinkification’ (October 30, 2015)

The Week: A breast cancer group explains the big problem with the ‘pink’ campaign (October 30, 2015)

Truthout (member op-ed): American Cancer Society, Stop Giving Carcinogenic Cosmetics to Women With Cancer (October 29, 2015)

Patheos: Beyond Pinkwashing: 8 Things to Actually Do About Cancer (October 26, 2015)

ThinkProgress: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Plagued By Controversy (October 23, 2015)

Reverb Press: Top 25 Most Shameless ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ Promotions  (October 22, 2015)

Minn Post: In major shift, American Cancer Society recommends fewer, less frequent mammograms (October 21, 2015)

ABC 7 News: Mammograms should start at 45, not 40, American Cancer Society Says (October 20, 2015)

The Sacramento Bee: Mammograms at 45: American Cancer Society changes breast cancer guidelines (October 20, 2015)

Chicago Sun Times: American Cancer Society: Start screening mammograms at 45, not 40 (October 20, 2015)

San Jose Mercury News: When to get mammograms? Later, and less often, say cancer experts (October 20, 2015)

San Francisco Chronicle: New mammogram guidelines reignite debate over when to test (October 20, 2015)

KQED: You Heard it Right: American Cancer Society Now Recommends Fewer Mammograms (October 20, 2015)

Mashable: 5 things to know before buying a pink-ribbon product (October 17, 2015)

The Huffington Post: Does The NFL’s Pink October Campaign Actually Help Breast Cancer Research? (October 15, 2015)

Beaumont Enterprise: ‘Pinkwash’ diluting breast cancer message? (October 15, 2015)

HuffPost Live: The NFL Won’t Let DeAngelo Williams Wear Pink (October 14, 2015)

The Washington Post: A Pittsburgh Steeler wanted to wear pink all season for breast cancer. The NFL said no. (October 14, 2015)

Medical Daily: Think Pink? How Some ‘Pinkwashing’ Breast Cancer Campaigns May Be Contributing To The Disease’s Spread (October 14, 2015)

MinnPost: Metastatic breast cancer: the disease that doesn’t come all tied up in a pretty pink ribbon (October 13, 2015)

The BMJ: Backlash against “pinkwashing” of breast cancer awareness campaigns (October 12, 2015)

The Daily Beast: How These Booze Makers Co-Opted the Pink Ribbon (October 12, 2015)

The Leader: When ‘pinkwashing’ becomes routine, no one wins (October 9, 2015)

Madame Noire: Makeup Kits Distributed to Cancer Patients May Be Doing More Harm Than Good, Says Advocacy Group (October 8, 2015)

New York Daily News: Makeup kits to help breast cancer patients could contain toxins, advocacy group charges (October 6, 2015)

Jezebel: Critics Say Breast Cancer Care Packages May Have Makeup with Potentially Cancer-Causing Chemicals (October 6, 2015)

Mother Jones: What If Everything Your Doctor Told You About Breast Cancer Was Wrong? (October 6, 2015)

Houston Chronicle: Here’s why the NFL’s annual pink campaign does almost nothing to fight breast cancer (October 5, 2015)

UPROXX: A Helpful Reminder That The NFL Barely Gives Any Money To Breast Cancer Research (October 4, 2015)

Chicago Sun-Times: Is breast cancer’s pink power fading? (October 3, 2015)

Forbes: 20 Companies Marketing Eco-Friendly Pink Products For Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 1, 2015)

KTOO: Breast cancer expert wants to counter the pink ribbon culture (September 4, 2015)

EcoWatch: EPA Urged by Nearly 100,000 Americans to Redo Highly Controversial Fracking Study (August 28, 2015)

The New York Times: Early-Stage Breast Condition May Not Require Cancer Treatment (August 20, 2015)

ABC 7: FDA Approves First Female Sex Pill to Boost Sexual Desire (August 18, 2015)

Ars Technica: If genetic screening helps those at risk, why not screen everyone? (July 1, 2015)

KQED: Oakland Researchers Link Prenatal Exposure to DDT to Higher Breast Cancer Risk Decades Later (June 16, 2015)

San Jose Mercury News: Stanford stem cell product, delayed for more than a decade, to be tested again (June 14, 2015)

Forbes: In Lumpectomy For Breast Cancer, Taking Out A Bit More Reduces O.R. Revisits (June 9, 2015)

The Hill: Lawmakers tell HHS to ignore new mammogram guidance (May 6, 2015)

The Guardian: Research lags on the health risks of women’s exposure to chemicals (May 5, 2015)

KQED: Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence, Death (April 28, 2015)

The Huffington PostUSPSTF Draft Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Don’t Go Far Enough (April 23, 2015)

ABC 7 News: Bay Area Company Launches New Affordable Breast Cancer Exam (April 21, 2015)

DeSmog Blog: Legal Petition Seeks Emergency Moratorium On Fracking in California (February 26, 2015)

13WHAM ABC Rochester: Disparities in breast cancer (February 26, 2015)

San Francisco Chronicle: Protesters march in Oakland, push for Jerry Brown to ban fracking (February 7, 2015)

EcoWatch: Why Fracking Is a Breast Cancer Issue (January 27, 2015)

Upworthy: A Terrible Disease Kills Thousands Every Year. Let’s Stop Pretending It’s Cute. (January 4, 2015)

2014

Everyday Feminism: 4 Ways Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns Can Be Oppressive (November 28, 2014)

AP: Activists To Protest Oil Firm’s Donation To Breast Cancer Advocacy Group (October 25, 2014)

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Komen acceptance of drilling-linked money raises ire (October 25, 2014)

Feministing: The Feministing Five: Karuna Jaggar (October 25, 2014)

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

Ecowatch: Outrage Continues at Susan G. Komen’s ‘Frack for the Cure’ Pinkwashing Campaign (October 24, 2014)

The Lund Report: Komen Comes Under Attack for Accepting Money from Fracking Corporation (October 22, 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)

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)

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)

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

Medscape(need an account to access): The Silenced Breast Cancer Speaks Up (October 9, 2014)

Medscape(need an account to access): Curing or Causing? Komen Partners With Fracking Company (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)

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

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

Chronicle of Philanthropy(need a subscription to access): 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 New York Times: A Cancer Treatment in Your Medicine Cabinet? (May 19, 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)

2013

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

2012

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)

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)

2011

San Diego Tribune: 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)

NY Times: Welcome, Fans, to the Pinking of America (October 15, 2011)

2010

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

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

2009

The Denver Post: 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)