Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day: October 13th

October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

One might wonder why it is necessary to parcel out a specific day during the month of October to take note of something like metastatic breast cancer (BC Mets). After all, the month is already dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

Don’t we already know everything there is to know about this . . . → Read More: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day: October 13th

“Faun and Me”

Beth Gainer is an author and breast cancer survivor who writes the blog, “Calling the Shots.” She frequently posts excerpts from her upcoming book with the same title, Calling the Shots: Coaching Your Way Through the Healthcare System. The book is a primer for how to advocate for oneself through a difficult medical landscape. It includes information about finding the . . . → Read More: “Faun and Me”

The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Journalist Christie Aschwanden has written one of the finest essays I’ve read about the “false narrative” (i.e., the fairytale notion that breast cancer is a uniformly progressive disease that starts small and only grows and spreads if you don’t stop it in time), and its use in selling wholesale screening, along with accompanying lifestyle and product placements, to the masses. . . . → Read More: The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

13. Medical Progress and Stage 4 Breast Cancer, Re-Learning the Lessons from Elizabeth Edwards’ Death

John and Elizabeth Edwards, 2007. Photo Credit: Sara Davis – Getty Images

Originally Published March 14, 2011.

Elizabeth Edwards died from stage 4 breast cancer (also known as metastatic breast cancer) on December 7th, 2010 at the age of 61. Ms. Edwards was a well-known public figure, notably the wife of former Senator John Edwards, and an accomplished . . . → Read More: 13. Medical Progress and Stage 4 Breast Cancer, Re-Learning the Lessons from Elizabeth Edwards’ Death

4. Factoids, Impressions, and Impressions

The “Special Breast Cancer Awareness Issue” floods the populace in October. It might be in a small town in upstate New York, a metropolitan city in Florida, or a magazine dedicated to the Jersey Shore. It doesn’t really matter. The template is the same. Shape the culture, fuel the industry, and do it in the name of “awareness.” Rachel C. . . . → Read More: 4. Factoids, Impressions, and Impressions

Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud

Cumulus Clouds:

Much of my life revolves around cancer, both professionally and personally. My ongoing research of breast cancer culture and industry that started over a decade ago entails an immersion into the topic that involves incessant reading of medical studies, news articles, advocacy materials, public policies, and personal stories as well as systematic observation, interviewing, writing, . . . → Read More: Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud

Surveying the BC Mets Community – [Survey Now Closed]

SURVEY NOW CLOSED. Dian Corneliussen-James, also known as CJ, founded METAvivor Research and Support, Inc. in 2007 to increase awareness, support, and research specifically oriented to metastatic breast cancer, or BC Mets.

Although there are an estimated 150-250 thousand people in the United States with BC Mets, little is really known about this population. According to NCI data the . . . → Read More: Surveying the BC Mets Community – [Survey Now Closed]

Enter the Komen Bandits -- Racing With A Message for Metastatic Breast Cancer

This weekend marks the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® 5K at the National Mall in Washington, DC. Nearly 40,000 people participated and the event raised more than $5 million. Reports of the race festivities are awash with celebrity, festivity, performance, and unbridled enthusiasm.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s founder, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, “charged . . . → Read More: Enter the Komen Bandits — Racing With A Message for BC Mets

“Are We Really Racing for a Cure?”

Nancy Stordahl with Sophie and Elsie

Nancy Stordahl lost her mother to breast cancer in 2008. Two years later she too was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her blog Nancy’s Point tries to make sense out of these life-altering situations by sharing her personal experience, advice, and thought-provoking commentary. With precision and gentle humor, Nancy has written about treatment, . . . → Read More: “Are We Really Racing for a Cure?”

Dian Corneliussen-James: A Woman On A Mission

(CJ) Dian Corneliussen-James of METAvivor / Photo Credit: Wendy Marxen, Marxen Consulting LLC

Dian Corneliussen-James, also known as CJ, has a history of helping to find missing persons. Toward the end of her 24-year career as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Corneliussen-James took a position in the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) in Washington, . . . → Read More: Dian Corneliussen-James: A Woman On A Mission

"women urged to get screened because it might save their lives. But that’s only 1 possible outcome, and it’s the least likely one" @cragcrest

“Pink Ribbon Blues”

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*Sad face*: Being happy does not help you live longer" New Scientist

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The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion?

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The Big Business of Breast Cancer
Marie Claire

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Get Your Pink Off Ottawa Citizen

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