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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: “1 in 8” – Fear Mongering and the Probability of Developing Breast Cancer