BCC Quarterly (Issue 3)

Today’s post comes from Grazia De Michele and Cinzia Greco, Breast Cancer Consortium partners.

Grazia De Michele, PhD is an Italian-born researcher and historian currently living in the United Kingdom. In May 2011 Grazia started the Italian blog Le Amazzoni Furiose (The Furious Amazons) to raise awareness among Italian women about the need to change the conversation on breast cancer and promote research into the systemic issues contributing to the epidemic. She also contributes regularly to the twitter hashtag #BCSM – breast cancer social media, and is Breast Cancer Consortium’s social media contact.

Cinzia Greco, Phd Candidate, has degrees in Italian literature and Anthropology from the Universities of Salento and the University of Bologna in Italy, and in Gender studies from École des hautes études en sciences sociales in France. Cinzia’s interests focus on the interplay of body, gender and medicine. She is currently conducting her doctoral research, “Breast Reconstruction in Oncology and in Cosmetic Surgery: A Comparative Sociological Analysis,” with a scholarship from the Cancéropôle Île-de-France.  

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Cinzia Greco and Grazia De Michele

Dear Friends,

As much as we can’t believe it, October is already fast approaching along with the usual trivializing and upbeat representations of breast cancer promoted by Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As it does, we keep working to change the breast cancer paradigm. We are excited to be, once again, guest editors of a BCC Quarterly Special Issue, slated for publication in two months.

Last year, we published the Special Issue – Demystifying Breast Cancer — on October 13th to honor Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The collection shared the too often silenced, dissonant voices of those, mostly women, who face the disease and its aftermath every day. Contributions came from the United States to Belgium, Israel, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

This year, the BCCQ will publish another Special Issue, “By Your Side: Being a Caregiver for Someone with Breast Cancer.” This issue will focus on the experiences of those whose lives have been changed when their loved ones were diagnosed with breast cancer. In spite of the burdens they carry and the suffering they go through as part of their roles as caregivers, their narratives, like those of caregivers in general, are seldom acknowledged or taken into account.

If you would like to submit your caregiver story for consideration in the speical issue, please send a brief summary (< 250 words) to byyoursidebcc@gmail.com by August 31, 2015. [Deadline has been extended from July 31, 2015.] We can currently accommodate stories submitted in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. You may also submit a photo story or video.

Thank you for reading, and for your continued support of this work. Please or “tweet” this issue or forward the BCCQ to colleagues and friends who would be interested.


Grazia De Michele, PhD and Cinzia Greco PhD Candidate

(BCCQ Special Editors)

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"Seeing clearly through the pink haze" Toronto Sun

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

How should we address breast cancer when norms continually change? The Guardian

Your Fun 'No Bra Day' Photos Are Overshadowing Terminal Breast Cancer Patients Broadly

Backlash against “pinkwashing” of breast cancer awareness campaigns BMJ

Breast Cancer to Rise 50 Percent by 2030? Hey, Not So Fast! Health News Review

Breast Cancer: The Flaws in the Cause iafrica.com

How to Make the Biggest Impact With Your Breast Cancer Donations Money

The Very Pink, Very Controversial Business of Breast Cancer Awareness Racked

NFL, Pink Ribbons Not Enough to Win over Women CNN

3 Questions We Need to Answer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Chronicle of Philanthropy

The problem with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Women's Health Magazine

Pink Ribbon Envy: Living with an Uncool Cancer The Nib

A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard NPR, All Things Considered

Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Time to Debunk the Mammography Myth CNN

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Why Jolie's Test Costs So Much CNN

Preventative Mastectomies: Disease and Deception BlogTalkRadio

Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' KCRW

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer The New York Times Magazine.

The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon Campaign Sisters Talk Radio

WISH Interview Women's International Summit for Health

Making Cancer About The Patient, Not The Body Part CBS Pittsburgh

Sexy breast cancer campaigns anger many patients USA Today

The perils of pink The Daily

Komen pink campaign creates breast-cancer blues for some Dallas Morning News

A yellow flag for the NFL's pink New York Daily

Gayle Sulik named #7 in SharecareNow’s Top 10 Online Influencers in Breast Cancer

Breast cancer cancer causes so easily derailed Philly Inquirer

Komen Charity Under Microscope for Funding, Science Reuters

The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion? Salon.com

Susan G. Komen For the Cure defunds Planned Parenthood. In Deep with Angie Coiro

Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is there Pink Fatigue? NPR's All Things Considered

How is Breast Cancer Culture Undermining Women's Health? America’s Radio News Network

Pink Ribbon Culture and Breast Cancer The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Big Business of Breast Cancer
Marie Claire

Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd Out Other Diseases? Slate

Pink Inc. Has Many Starting to See Red The Sacramento Bee

Get Your Pink Off Ottawa Citizen

Komen Pink Ribbons Raise Green and Questions USA Today