Breast cancer activist Barbara Brenner, who died on May 10 at age 61 in San Francisco, refused to wear a pink ribbon. As she told a newspaper interviewer back in 1996, she already wore a symbol of her concern about the disease: a horizontal scar across her chest. But more important, she was offended by what she saw as an empty feel-good gesture. "They're trying to turn breast cancer into a safe thing," she railed. "Just get a wig and get your makeup redone. It has become chic." The fact, she said, was that too many women were dying of the disease. "The sooner we tell the truth, the sooner we will end this disease."
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