A slow walk into the amazing now

“A slow walk into the amazing now: How a day with a sick friend brought me back to my senses.” By Ann Lamott, Salon.

Barbara was the executive director of Breast Cancer Action, the bad girls of breast cancer, a grassroots advocacy group with a distinctly bad attitude towards the pink ribbon approach. Susie was . . . → Read More: A slow walk into the amazing now

Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61

“Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61.” By Denise Grady, The New York Times.

Barbara Brenner, who led the group Breast Cancer Action and shaped it in her own combative image, pillorying the medical establishment, industrial polluters and even other cancer research advocates, died on May 10 at her home in San Francisco. She . . . → Read More: Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61

“Angelina Jolie has made a legitimate choice, but the real question remains the search for the cure”

Breast Cancer Consortium member Grazia De Michele is an Italian-born researcher and historian currently living in the United Kingdom. Her doctoral thesis, “‘At the gates of civilization’: Southern children in Turin primary school from the 1950s-1970s,” analyzes the social construction of Southern migrants’ children during the post-war period. Grazia was diagnosed with breast cancer . . . → Read More: “Angelina Jolie has made a legitimate choice, but the real question remains the search for the cure”

In Honor and Memory of Barbara Brenner

Barbara Brenner (1951-2013)

Barbara Brenner was 41 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, a diagnosis that led the lawyer and activist to join the board of Breast Cancer Action, a grassroots advocacy organization in San Francisco started by women with breast cancer. A year later, she became the organization’s first full-time . . . → Read More: In Honor and Memory of Barbara Brenner

Forget Pink–Remember Rose

“Forget Pink-Remember Rose.” By Peggy Orenstein, Blog.

There were a couple of things that got cut from my New York Times Magazine piece on breast cancer that I wish I could’ve squeezed in. One is kind of wonky, which is why it was dropped, but super important. It’s about data collection, based on a discussion . . . → Read More: Forget Pink–Remember Rose

Patients, Patents, and Profits in a Genomic Age

When the Human Genome Project started in 1990 there were fewer than 100 genes associated with human diseases. The first genetic mutation (for Huntington’s disease) was identified in 1986, just a few years before the Project started. After more than a decade of technological innovation and about $3.8 billion, a team of scientists across more . . . → Read More: Patients, Patents, and Profits in a Genomic Age

The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting

“The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting” Empowered Doctor.

Do genes qualify as a property that a single individual or corporation is allowed exclusive rights to? On April 15, 2013 the Supreme Court will hear a case that could dictate the future of biomedicine. Currently, Myriad Genetics Corporation, a biotechnology company in Utah, has patented two . . . → Read More: The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting

Have breast cancer campaigns been beneficial?

“Have breast cancer campaigns been beneficial?” by Al Jazeera, Washington, DC

The pink ribbon has become a globally recognised symbol of the fight against breast cancer. And once again, October was deemed a month of awareness for a disease that claims the lives of tens of thousands of women worldwide each year. There is little . . . → Read More: Have breast cancer campaigns been beneficial?

Breast Cancer and the Environment

A 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach, examines the existing literature on breast cancer risk posed by various environmental factors, highlights actions that offer potential to reduce risk, and recommends key areas for future research. The report, sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer and the Environment