Pinking the White House for Breast Cancer Awareness
Note: A version of this essay was published on Pink Ribbon Blues and republished on the Oxford University Press Blog on September 30, 2011. And it’s still applicable.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Will the White House be lighted in teal just as it’s been lighted in pink to commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Will grocery stores line shelves with teal ribbon products? Will schools give out teal t-shirts or pins? Probably . . . → Read More: The Teal before the Pink: Ovarian Cancer Awareness
The intensive public focus on pink ribbon awareness campaigns not only diminishes deep awareness about the realities of breast cancer. It also diminishes general awareness of other health conditions, including other types of cancers and populations of women and men who have unique needs when they are diagnosed and treated.
National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (April 3-9), first launched in 2003, is designed to share little known information about young adults with cancer. This year, a series of video public service announcements reveals that:
Approximately 70,000 . . . → Read More: National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (April 3-9)
Writing to you from the Texas Book Festival in Austin.
The post on the Birth of the Perpetual Fundraising Industry prompted Anna, diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, to ask a vital question. She writes:
“The vested interests in my continuing decline in health are staggering and frightening.
But if we’re talking about this from a economic perspective, here is my question. If all the people afflicted with breast (and other) cancers were magically cured, with no further treatment . . . → Read More: Economic Interests
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) has worked for years to promote evidence-based medicine and to ensure that scientific information about breast cancer reaches women, informs policy, and impacts the direction of research. On September 20th NBCC raised the stakes. The coalition set a deadline to end breast cancer by 2020. Eradication is the goal.
The eradication of breast cancer is not a new idea. Numerous breast cancer organizations, research programs, treatment centers, and policy agendas have mission statements that specify cure(s), or the . . . → Read More: 2020: NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline
Making sense of one’s personal risk for developing a disease is complicated. In fact, it’s virtually impossible. We all know of lifetime smokers who never get lung cancer and nonsmokers who do. While there is a strong probability that smoking causes lung cancer, the smoking-lung cancer equation is not definitive for all individuals. There is a clear and documented relationship, however, between smoking and negative health outcomes. In general people who smoke do have an increased risk of developing lung cancer compared to those . . . → Read More: What We Could Learn From George Burns About Breast Cancer Risk
Every year, over 700 thousand women in the United States are diagnosed with some type of cancer. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer). In 2009, the American Cancer Society estimated over 192 thousand new cases of breast cancer among women and over 40 thousand deaths. Although 80 percent of new breast cancer cases were in women over age fifty, a growing number were diagnosed at earlier ages. Nearly . . . → Read More: “1 in 8” – Fear Mongering and the Probability of Developing Breast Cancer