Cancer in a bottle with a pink ribbon

Nov 4, 2015

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.