Week 7 Blog P. Breast Cancer Movement

Breast Cancer is not an individual problem, but it is a public health crisis requiring systematic solutions with the emphasis on empowering people specifically women who have and are at risk of the disease. The Breast Cancer movement has been more than a movement about the disease, but a movement where women are empowered and have multiple platforms to speak about the disease and other facets of the women population. The question should be, has The Breast Cancer movement been tainted with people and corporations who only seek financial opportunities? We live in a capitalistic society where the means of producing and distributing are controlled by a small portion of society. In the statement of The Lancet Public Health article “Breast cancer activists, competing with fundraisers for other charities, got their bills passed first and there is little doubt that money will pour in” (lancet, 1997). The advancement of technology has helped the strides of curing or prolongs the disease as it once did before, but companies have found loopholes in the system to benefit their system operations. I believe that many of the weakness in the Breast Cancer movement stem from the competition between charities organizations and the lack of funds that are actually being distributed to the research fields. Many of the donations that are being distributed, very little are being put into the actual research, the bulk of donations are being put into events and advertisements. “For example, while more than half of these charities devote just 10% (or less) of their budgets to fundraising, there is one that spends nearly 91% of its budget just on fundraising!  And while the majority of these charities spend at least 80% of their budgets on programs and services, there are four that spend less than 50%” (Charity Navigator).

The Breast Cancer movement has gained so much attention within the past decade that is has gained recognition for its own awareness month (October) throughout the world. It is recognized at major sporting events and venues, countless celebrities endorse the movement in every form of fashion, and it has not only transcendent the awareness of the disease, but has orchestrated in the daily lives of people without the disease. As a society, we have a great understanding of the disease, but with the awareness of breast cancer, it has also brought awareness to other diseases such as ALS disease, Autism, and the assortment of diseases. Many women believe that the Breast Cancer Movement has empowered them in many ways, giving them a sense of hope and a fighting chance to conquer the disease. “Running the race gave me a firsthand appreciation for the event’s ability to inspire and empower women an appreciation that I would not have experienced had I based my analysis on promotional experience” (Ley, 2016). Also, the movement has focused on the sensitivity of every specific situation and also refers to the fight that each member does not have to fight the battle alone. Compared to the eco feminist, its shows that many facets of the movements are tainted, but do not veer away from the message that is being presented.


Breast Cancer get the hard shell (9075 ed., Vol. 350, SeLey377). (n.d.). Retrieved August 17, 1997.

 Charity Navigator – Your Guide To Intelligent Giving. (n.d.). Retrieved August 17, 2016, from http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view

Ley, B. (n.d.). From Pink to Green, Disease Prevention and the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement. Retrieved August 18, 2016, from http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp270-us16/files/2016/06/7.1-Ley.pdf

One thought on “Week 7 Blog P. Breast Cancer Movement

  1. Hey William,
    I totally agree with you about breast cancer being a public health crisis, especially for women who are at a higher risk for the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancers among women, with more than two hundred thirty thousand women diagnosed in the United States during 2013. The pink ribbon representing breast care has been increasingly popular over the last couple years. While there are positives with mainstream breast cancer, such as increased awareness, there are also some negatives that come with it as well. I think it is incredibly unfair that the corporations that conduct fundraisers to raise money for breast cancer research can even pocket some of the money. I remember hearing about some of the salaries of the CEO of these corporations and how much of the money that people donate is being added to their salaries. Sometimes there are even some corporations that give less than 50% of donations to cancer research.

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