The Breast Cancer Consortium entered its second year with no shortage of issues to analyze and report. On-air mammograms, celebrity spots, social media, another large study revealing limitations and harms of mammography screening, a new scandal involving the Komen organization, and ongoing efforts to rethink pink.
Jody Schoger was on Al Jazeera’s The Stream to discuss, “Grief and Death in the Time of Social Media.” I was interviewed about the politics of pink for a Rethink Pink Summit (have a listen), . . . → Read More: BCC Quarterly Is Out (2014, Issue 1)
Clamoring over screening protocols has started anew with the release of a Canadian study confirming earlier results that annual mammography screening did not reduce breast cancer deaths. Instead, it contributed to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that would not have been life threatening in the first place. We’ve heard it all before, with varying degrees of belief, but there’s something different about this study and what it means for women. Not only did screening mammography fail to reduce breast cancer mortality, there is . . . → Read More: Addition Of Screening Mammograms Adds No Benefit, But Causes Harm
ANNOUNCEMENT — GAYLE SULIK INTERVIEW
Breast cancer used to be a tragedy, something that was not okay. There was no glory, or honor, or cuteness. Now, thanks to the commercialization of the cause, the disease has been glorified, a girly version of the hero’s journey. Run the race, wear the T-shirt, buy the teddy bear. And if you’re one of the survivors, you may even get your name printed on the back of a bucket of deep fried chicken.
It’s . . . → Read More: The Politics of Pink
A Breast Cancer Alphabet (soon to be released) is straight-forward, concise, and honest book by news executive Madhulika Sikka that breathes new life into a breast cancer world too often drowning in symbolism, cliche, and product placement. The short (2- to 5-page) entries offer 26 personal reflections — from A (“anxiety”) to Zzzz’s (meaning, “sleep”) — that speak to the contours of her diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, uncertainty amid mountains of information, and how none of the signposts in Cancerland really prepares . . . → Read More: Review of “A Breast Cancer Alphabet” by Madhulika Sikka
One of the year’s hot Pinktober fads was “mamming.” The mamming website asked people to take pictures of themselves placing their clothed breasts on a flat surface to signify the act of getting a mammogram (minus the breast compression between two solid plates, the x-rays, and the potentially frightening or uncertain results letter from the person’s physician). People were all a twitter about the chest-level photos popping up in their Instagram feeds in the name of early detection. Whether at a bar, in line at a grocery store, . . . → Read More: Yes Mamm?
On November 11th, Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach announced that the on-air mammogram she had in front of millions as part of Good Morning America’sbreast cancer awareness promotion, ended up getting her a breast cancer diagnosis. There are still few details about the actual diagnosis, other than the fact that 40-year-old Robach opted for a double mastectomy (instead of the less invasive lumpectomy and radiation), that she will undergo chemotherapy due to an affected lymph node, that she had precancerous cells in the other breast, and that . . . → Read More: Amy Robach Story Spreads Heartfelt Misinformation About Breast Cancer
The breast cancer awareness season was busy for Breast Cancer Consortium partners and contributors as we work diligently to change the breast cancer paradigm.
Cathie Malhouitre’s Au Sein De Sa Difference offered two events in France, a screening of “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” and a colloquium on living with cancer. Grazia de Michele organized a screening of “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” at the University of Sussex, Brighton (UK). Oncogrrrls and Marimachos cancerosas, organized by Ana Porroche-Escudero, held a public event on ‘Breast Cancer and Dissident Corporealities,’ a first of . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly is Out (2013, Issue 4)
“Good Morning America’s” Amy Robach (Ida Mae Astute/ AP Photo/ ABC)
Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach announced on November 11th that the on-air mammogram she had in front of millions as part of Good Morning America’s month-long breast cancer awareness promotion, ended up getting her a breast cancer diagnosis. Although there are no details about the diagnosis (biology, staging, potential spread), Robach says she “got lucky by catching it early” and hopes her story will “inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self . . . → Read More: The Mammogram Myth, Alive and Well on Good Morning America