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If you thought breast cancer targets only women, you'd be wrong...the American Cancer Society projected that in 2017, nearly 2,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed and an estimated 450+ deaths. Click here for information by the ACS on male breast cancer. 


This initiative by Breast Cancer Action calls attention to the various ways large corporations profit off pink ribbons and labels while contributing very little to breast cancer prevention/treatment. In many cases, they sell or manufacture products that are directly linked to the disease itself. Click here to learn more about these pink scams.


Despite all the 'awareness' and pink ribbons, 3 million women are living with breast cancer in the US. 40,000 women die each year from breast cancer and of those, black women have a 40% higher mortality rate than white women. Click here to learn more about these trends from the ACS.


Every October, NFL players, cheerleaders, and coaches bedazzle their uniforms with pink. But how much does the league actually contribute to breast cancer prevention and treatment for patients suffering from the disease? Click here for an in-depth look at the NFL's hypocrisy.

CTA is serving PINK! We're proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness & Prevention Month again this year with a couple of special events. It's no secret that we've all felt the impact of breast cancer on our lives, whether personally or through friends, family, coworkers, and loved ones. In fact, our own Peter Anthony was recently diagnosed and has been an advocate for the cause ever since. Peter notes that he feels lucky to have caught the cancer in its relatively early stages. "I felt a lump and I took it seriously and my doctor took it seriously as well," he states. "If I hadn't or my doctor hadn't, I may have been facing a much more dire prognosis." Peter strongly advocates for men to regularly check for lumps in their chest and armpits and to bring any abnormalities to your doctors right away.

As an awareness campaign, showcasing pink throughout October has proven to be successful, but it's just the first step. Getting involved actively through fundraisers, crowd walks, marathons and other outreach efforts increase the visibility so that funding can be made possible for scientific research. Check out what we have planned and mark your calendars accordingly...

 Join us on Wednesday, 10/23 for a special Happy Hour at Chicken & Whiskey on 14th St. @6pm. That's chicken in the front...whiskey in the back. And if you're picky about your whiskey, don't worry...they have 75+ different types to choose from. Managing partner of Chicken & Whiskey and international DJ Charles Koch built an 'all vinyl' music program for the whiskey bar located in the back of the restaurant. Koch's mother also battled (and won) the fight against breast cancer.

 We're dedicating our Team Tennis Championships to the cause, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 10/24 (pending any rain delays). Players should consider wearing their favorite pink outfits, socks, headbands, etc. and get used to seeing pink...that's right, we'll be using Wilson's signature pink tennis balls for the finals! We'll be taking a group picture to showcase our support for family/friends who've been impacted by breast cancer. In addition to bragging rights and a team trophy, this year the winning team will also be rewarded with prize packages from local businesses that support the fight against breast cancer and to find a cure.


The pink ribbon became a symbol of breast cancer awareness as the result of efforts by Self Magazine, the cosmetics industry, and the Susan G. Komen foundation in the early 1990s. The concept was first inspired by breast cancer patient Charlotte Hayley, who individually distributed thousands of peach-colored ribbons in her community along with cards that encouraged funding for cancer prevention. When representatives from Estee Lauder and Self Magazine expressed interest in her idea, Hayley turned them away because she was worried about the cause becoming commercialized - so they changed the color of the ribbon from peach to pink. The first pink ribbons were handed out at the 1991 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in New York City, the same year that saw the founding of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. To learn more about the roots of this movement, check out the Time Magazine article here.

Charlotte Hayley's concerns eventually came to light as corporations began to profit from pinkwashing while contributing little to breast cancer research or treatment. Despite all this heightened awareness every October, incidence and mortality rates havne't changed significantly over the last decade (black women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer, an alarming figure that's linked to racial disparity, equal access to healthcare, etc). Additionally, the pink ribbon isn't regulated by any government oversight, so anyone can slap a pink ribbon on their product in the name of 'awareness.' 

See below for an ABC news special that elaborates on the culture of pinkwashing. 


A great way to fight breast cancer is to contribute to charities that focus on the research, prevention and treatment of the disease. With large numbers of non-profits, charities, and organizations with similar names devoted to the cause, how do you know which ones are the best?

Two independent charity watchdog groups - Charity Watch and Charity Navigator - evaluate how well organizations spend the money it receives from contributors by analyzing financial statements, tax reports, program expenses, overall transparency, and fundraising costs.

When giving to a specific charity or event, it's important to consider a few things: Be clear on your motivation for giving and focus on where you want to make an impact; check the financial health and accountability of the organization; and check for signs of results. When 'walking for the cure,' think about how much the charity spends on literature, display tents, staff, securing permits, sound equipment, speaker/guest fees, etc. You may be surprised to find out that after all those costs are accounted for, very little actually goes to breast cancer treatment or the patients themselves.






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