Health News Review

This is what breast cancer awareness looks like in many corners of our country this month.

Alternatively, you could read the rare column like this: “I’m just saying no to mammography: Why the numbers are in my favor, in the Washington Post by journalist Christie Aschwanden (who recently won a National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Award for a piece entitled, “The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®“).

Addendum on October 15:  Jennifer Lunden sent me a link to the article she had published in the current issue of Orion magazine, “Exposed: The Mammogram Myth and the Pinkwashing of America.”


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Susan Fitzgerald posted on October 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

If I followed the Komen guidelines, I’d have had nearly 30 mammograms by now…what would THAT do to my risk for breast cancer? Instead I’ve had about 4, and resisted the annual nagging of several different doctors who are also apparently clueless about the science. Scary.

Sandra Spivey posted on October 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

There is much discussion about Pinktober on breast cancer survivor listserves and blogs. I posted one, “F-Off for Breast Cancer Awareness”, and then “Open Letter to Breast Cancer Researchers: Are you Building Stairways to Nowhere?” You can check them out at

I love the work you do and have used your guidelines to assess published articles and TV reports on health issues. Wonderful work!

Lisa Leger posted on October 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Thank you for the link to the article by Christie Aschwanden “The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®“. I will share it widely since it is a well written and sensible treatment of the issues with mammogram screening.

Jenny Herzenstiel posted on October 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

What is a good cancer research charity? I see no point in buying pink clothing, ribbons, etc. We don’t need more awareness, we need real research. How does one find such a group to donate to and support?