Update #1 ·
Dc

Would you like some breast cancer with that purchase?

Thank you for taking action to protect all of us from toxic chemicals that can make us sick! Since you took action, I am thrilled to say that over 18,000 people have joined you! You can check out media coverage highlights of this campaign on our Think Before You Pink website press page. Thank you for helping build a grassroots movement for real change in breast cancer.

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.

-Annie


“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!


How you can help

We were deeply saddened and disgusted after news broke this week that four major cancer charities were complete scams. Yet, we know that while these are extreme cases, sadly, many mainstream cancer charities take part in profit cycles often by partnering with corporations that fuel cancer rates—effectively keeping themselves in business by doing nothing to reduce the number of people who…

Read more about the fundraiser

Breast Cancer strikes one in eight women over the course of their lifetime. Unknowingly, we are exposed to harmful chemicals, including known carcinogens, in every-day products such as shampoo, toys and cleaning supplies. Instead of getting to the root causes of cancer, some companies sell pink ribbon products to raise money - and some of these products include hazardous chemicals…

Read more about the petition

Senator Boxer is the Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which is tasked with updating the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). This law is extremely outdated and fails to protect all of us from the many hazardous chemicals that are in the products that we use every day. On Monday, November 4th Breast Cancer Action staff will deliver the petitions that we have…

Read more about the pledge

11 comments

to comment