A Brief History of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM): The month of October, designated to be an observed commemorative month to raise awareness of breast cancer. Established in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, a leading manufacturer of oncology drugs).

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Advocacy group anecdotes present one-sided picture of genetic testing for breast cancer

“Advocacy group anecdotes present one-sided picture of genetic testing for breast cancer,” Mary Chris Jaklevic, Health News Review.

Genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer risk is cheaper and easier than ever. But just because a test is available doesn’t mean everyone should get it. That message didn’t come through in a recent series of . . . → Read More: Advocacy group anecdotes present one-sided picture of genetic testing for breast cancer

A banner week for CDA (Celebrity Disease Awareness)

“A banner week for CDA (Celebrity Disease Awareness),” Alan Cassels, Health News Review.

Celebrity disease awareness (or pushing of disease-mongered conditions) is not going away soon. But maybe it could be tied to the goal of informing consumers instead of misleading them or promoting personal financial incentives. Here are a few celebs, for better or . . . → Read More: A banner week for CDA (Celebrity Disease Awareness)

Inaccurate Claims about the Unequivocal Benefit of Early Detection Persist Despite Evidence to the Contrary.

When Dr. Susan Love was updating the 2015 edition of her Breast Book for a chapter titled, “When Cancer Comes Back,” she asked women with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer what they wished the public knew about this disease. Many replied that, “the ‘early detection’ of an invasive cancer through [mammography] screening does not guarantee . . . → Read More: Inaccurate Claims about the Unequivocal Benefit of Early Detection Persist Despite Evidence to the Contrary.

Oncofertility: Beyond Biological Motherhood, Towards Reproductive Justice

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Is Childlessness Really Another Side Effect of Cancer?

The emphasis on biological motherhood in the field of oncofertility masks at least two societal forces contributing to the cancer/infertility equation.

First, the conditions in which people live and work are are already linked to cancers and adverse effects on women’s . . . → Read More: Oncofertility: Beyond Biological Motherhood, Towards Reproductive Justice – 3

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Rethinking Normative Expectations

As professionals, we have to balance our responsibility to care, inform and research for safer fertility treatments while respecting women’s choices that may at times go against dominant models of womanhood. In doing so, it is crucial to acknowledge several problems stemming from norms about reproduction . . . → Read More: Oncofertility: Beyond Biological Motherhood, Towards Reproductive Justice – 2

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Cancer and cancer treatments can have a huge impact on women’s sexual and reproductive health. Yet, when I started my research on breast cancer and social inequality in Spain a decade ago this issue was hardly being addressed in international scholarly debates or in clinical settings. Several of the . . . → Read More: Oncofertility: Beyond Biological Motherhood, Towards Reproductive Justice

What Worries You Most About Health Care?

The Lown Institute is a nonprofit, action-driven think tank founded by cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Bernard Lown, MD. Dedicated to transforming the culture of medicine and building a healthcare system that is affordable, effective, personal and just, the Institute created the RightCare Alliance to bring health professionals, religious and community groups, and the . . . → Read More: What Worries You Most About Health Care?

Breast cancer-detecting bra won’t go away–and the news coverage is still sub-par

By Kathlyn Stone

This post appeared originally on Health News Review (HNR). HNR evaluates health care journalism, advertising, marketing, public relations and other messages that may influence consumers and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves. Improving the quality and flow of health care news and information to consumers can be . . . → Read More: Breast cancer-detecting bra won’t go away–and the news coverage is still sub-par

The Lown Institute's RightCare Alliance

The Lown Institute’s RightCare Alliance is a grassroots movement of clinicians, patients, and community leaders who are demanding and creating change to the healthcare industry — one that sees patients as people, not profits, and gives everyone access not just to care but to the RIGHT CARE for their medical needs.

Learn more: www.rightcarealliance.org . . . → Read More: The Lown Institute’s RightCare Alliance

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