Would you like some breast cancer with that purchase?
I've copied below a message that author and performer Tania Katan sent to BCAction members - I thought you all might like to see it.
“Would you like a dose of breast cancer with your purchase ma'am?” This sounds like an absurd question, but that’s exactly what we’re being asked every time we buy perfume, plastic water bottles, fried chicken, and other pink products stamped with the iconic pink ribbon.
My name is Tania Katan, and this October, I signed the Toxic Time Is Up petition because I believe eliminating toxins from our daily lives will make a huge difference to stop cancer before it starts. As someone who has endured breast cancer two times, I am outraged that all too often, the pink products sold to us under the guise of "finding a cure," or "raising awareness," or "research" contain the very chemicals that can CAUSE cancer in the first place!
I didn’t major in economics (I chose theater, for the record), but even I can see that too many corporations are supplying us with cancer and demanding we pay for it with our hard-earned money, our health, and our lives. It’s time we shift this economic equation! I'm sick of companies out there viewing October as the month when we’re all devastated enough about breast cancer that we’ll buy just about anything they want to sell us. It’s time to show them that we are strong, smart, and sick of being sick!
Toxic Time Is Up is our chance to answer the absurd question: Would you like some breast cancer with your purchase? with a resounding, NO!