• Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:29:51View | Delete

    Susan is not a shill. But she’s not being transparent either. That’s my view.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:28:33View | Delete

    Thanks so much. I’m very sorry about your Dad

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:27:10View | Delete

    Thanks so much, Lisa.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:25:40View | Delete

    Susan Love has beome a pinkwasher, unfortunately. As I point in my current blog post, she is partnered with the Ford Motor Company’s “Warriors in Pink” campaign to raise funds, and with the Avon Foundation with her “Army of Women” effort to get women participating in b/c research. When I asked her directly how she justified this, she declined to answer me. But Ford and Avom are both pinkwashers — selling products to raise money for breast cancer that contribute to the disease. Susan knows about pinkwashing, and she used to help BCAction with our Think Before You Pink campaign. She introduced us to Charmin toilet paper with a pink ribbon; it was Susan who called it “wipe for the cure.” I have asked Susan more pointed questions about all this, and will blog on the topic again next week.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:20:25View | Delete

    There are researcher who believe that every woman who lives into her 80′s will diie with some evidence of breast cancer, like men with prostate cancer. But we know that a lot of these cancers were and would never have been liife threatening, so, if they had been found before the woman died, she could be have been sick by the treatments.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:18:24View | Delete

    I just want to say, in case it’s not clear already: see this movie. Take your friends and acquaintneces. If you need more information contact Breast Cancer Action: http://www.bcaction.org

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:15:02View | Delete

    Robin Roberts has what’s called an iotragenic condition — an illness caused by her treatment for another illness. We know that some chemotherapies increase the risk of leukemia.

    I’m very sorry about her illness, but I hope she’s better informed about it before she starts talking about than she was when she got breast cancer. Her breast cancer was missed by mammograms, but she promoted them anyway.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:12:42View | Delete

    I am very sorry about your sister. Many people know about the connection between radiation for breast cancer and later heart attacks, the risk of some chemotherapies for heart damage and later other cancers. While there has been some effort to control radiation exposure to the heart, the chemo effects are considered by the industry as “the cost of cure.” It’s a trade off that the medical establishment thinks is worth it. Sigh.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:07:07View | Delete

    Good question about prostate cancer. I asked this of some researchers some years ago. They told me that prostate cancer isn’t nearly as complicated as breast cancer, so it’s easier to make progress. What galls me about the prostate cancer thing is to hear Michael Milken on the radio talking about his work in prostate cancer. Do we really have such short memories?

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:04:57View | Delete

    There is some evidence that women who have never been pregnant have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer later, but so do women who have their children later in life. But all that we know can only explain about 50% of breast cancer risk, and know that not all women who have not have children get breast cancer.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:02:39View | Delete

    The best tool for diagnosis is still a biopsy. Screening — mammograms, self-exam, medical exam — can find a lump, but determining whether it’s cancer requires looking at tissue underr a microscope. For all the money we’ve invested, that’s still where we are.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:00:54View | Delete

    Classic US foreign policy. We figure out what we’re doing to ourselves is bad, so we ship it overseas. Sigh

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 17:00:11View | Delete

    Mammography is one of my favorite topics, since mammograms missed my breast cancer –twice. Ironically, the same is true for a lot of the SGK leadership, but it doesn’t affect their message.

    Mammograms are a detection device. They work sometimes, and not others. They don’t prevent or reduce your risk of breast cancer. And they find some things that are not life threatening.

    Mammograms are about “early detection,” which is why SGK and the American Cancer Society push them. But early detection has been oversold. We have been told that the smaller a cancer is when it’s found, the more likely you are to survive. But it’s not the size of the tumor that matters, it’s the biology. And mammograms can’t tell us about biology.

    I believe that we have oversold mammography screening — mammograms given to women with no symptoms. But every attempt to revisit screening policy is met by SGK and the “mammograms saved my life” chorus with outrage. It’s very hard to have a sane discussion based on what the science shoow.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 16:54:30View | Delete

    Ah yes, KFC. What better idea than to sell bad food to poor people (look at the KFC locations) and raise money for breast cancer. BCAction took it with our “What the Cluck?” campaign. People were pissed off, and we gave them the tools to express themselves. Activism — in contrast to consumerism — works.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 16:52:03View | Delete

    rBGH was developed by Monsanto, but the company sold their interest in the product a few years ago to Eli Lily, a drug company. Farmers were outraged, and so were we at BCAction. Because we had successfully challenged General Mills use of rBGH to develop their Yoplait yogurt (save a lid, save a life — right?), we thought it was important to continue to challenge the use of rBGH in the US and elsewhere. And the best — buit hardest — way to do that was to take on Eli Lily and challenge them to stop making the stuff. Eli Lily makes drugs to treat breast cancer, to reduce the reduce the risk of breast cancer in people that don’t have it, and rBGH that can contribute to breast cancer. It’s a perfect profit circle — like AstraZeneca’s. Milking Cancer is the campaign , and it’s a http://www.milkingcancer.org

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 16:45:08View | Delete

    Thank you so much, Elise. I have always believe that BCAction is one of the few sane voices in the b/c advocacy world.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 16:42:40View | Delete

    Genentech will say that the reason the cost is so high is because it takes so much investment to develop drugs. But the more honest answer, which they have given sometimes, is that it is what the market will bear. They call it “social value pricing”: prices set to reflect the value of what the drug does. What you would pay if they company said this is the only way to save your life. The U.S. and Australia are, to my knowledge, the only countries in the world that don’t control drug prices.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 16:37:11View | Delete

    Their conservative agenda was clear to some of us way before the Haddassah Lieberman partnership. I did a blog on this at http://www.barbarabrenner.net. I think I called it Komen’s True Colors: Red not Pink.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 16:35:34View | Delete

    Your stories about your friends are chilling. Quality of life is critically important, and BCAction has argued to the FDA for years. The idea that metastatic breast cancer can be “managed” is the new mantra of the cancer industry. They figure if we can manage it so no one dies, why should we care about prevention. You may have noticed that the most recently approved breast cancer drug, meant to be used in combination with Herceptin, will drive the cost of treatment with those two drugs alone to $187,000 a year. It’s untenable.

  • Barbara Brenner commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

    2012-06-11 16:30:52View | Delete

    I think Samantha knows a lot about Komen’s international branding. But a former BCAction staffer is now in the Peace Corps in Georgia, where SGK recently did a run. She’s countering the Komen message in the Peace Corps.

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