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Crosscurrents

Cancer in a bottle with a pink ribbon

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Breast Cancer Action
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Karuna Jaggar

In the 1940’s a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer was one in twenty. Now it’s one in eight, despite the billions of dollars spent on awareness and the search for a cure.

 
Meanwhile, carcinogens seem to be everywhere, from makeup products to the clothes we wear and the furniture we buy. And according to Karuna Jaggar of the watchdog group Breast Cancer Action, even if a product has the pink ribbon on it, it's possible that its contents are cancer-causing. KALW’s Lauren Schiller spoke with Jaggar about that little pink ribbon.
 

Companies are using the pink ribbon to sell products. And frankly, death doesn't sell.

This story was excerpted from a longer interview on Inflection Point, Lauren Schiller’s weekly show about women who are changing the status quo. Listen to the full interview here.

Check out the episode of Your Call with Rose Aguilar about preventing breast cancer.

Lauren Schiller is the host and creator ofInflection Point, a podcast and nationally syndicated public radio show about how women rise up. Launched in 2015, and produced in partnership with KALW and PRX, Inflection Point was one of the first radio shows and podcasts in the country to exclusively feature conversations with women about how they build power and lead change. In 2008, Lauren co-created and co-hosted “The Lady Brain Show”, one of the first ever female-led podcasts. Lauren is an award-winning producer, was the Executive Producer of Audio for Salon Media, where she is a regular contributor, and has been a guest host for “The Conversation” on BBC World Service. Lauren is also a speaker and moderator at live events including INFORUM, The Commonwealth Club, Bay Area Book Festival, JCCSF, and Cal Performances