BySteve Scher, David Hyde & Hannah Burn•Oct 4, 2013
It's October: the month of Halloween, fall weather and pink. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and its symbol is the pink ribbon.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is one of the largest breast cancer charities in the world. It partners with corporations to brand pink ribbon product lines for the month of October: pink Purina pet food, pink Yoplait yogurt and pink buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken, to name a few.
But critics say the branding benefits companies more than charity. Steve Scher talks with Dr. Samantha King, director of Queen's University school of kinesiology and health studies and the author of "Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy."
Correction 5/15/2013: A previous version on this story stated that Jolie had a one in 87 chance of getting breast cancer when in fact she had an 87 percent chance.
Now, the public knows about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. She wrote in the New York Times that, thanks to genetic testing, she believed there was an 87 percent chance she’d get breast cancer, so she went for it.
Tuesday, Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance spoke with KUOW's Sara Lerner. Dr. Gralow says, “The majority of breast cancer in the United States is not gene-mutation cancer.”
Exercise helps recovery after cancer treatment, but fatigue can make working out hard. Yoga can help reduce fatigue for breast cancer survivors, a study finds. It's one of a growing number of efforts using randomized controlled trials to see if the ancient practice offers medical benefits.
Women who took a yoga class three hours a week for three months reported less fatigue compared with a group of breast cancer survivors who did not do yoga.
If you've ever had to share bad news with the people you love, this short piece about breast cancer should resonate. It manages to wring precious humor from a bad situation. The piece, produced by Albert Dayan & Eric Drachman, won second place in KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race, in which contestants had 24 hours to write, record, and edit a non-fiction radio story.