Some cancer experts see overdiagnosis and question early detection

“Some cancer experts see overdiagnosis and question early detection” By Melinda Beck, The Wall Street Journal.

“We’re not finding enough of the really lethal cancers, and we’re finding too many of the slow-moving ones that probably don’t need to be found,” says Laura Esserman, a breast-cancer surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds

“Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds.” By Katherine O’Brien, MBCN Secretary, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.

Editor’s Note: Peggy Orenstein’s April 25, 2013 article–the cover story for this Sunday’ s New York Times’ Magazine, demonstrates a remarkable depth and thoughtfulness. It is long–but well-worth the effort to read. For those looking for a quick . . . → Read More: Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

“Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer.” By Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times Magazine.

I used to believe that a mammogram saved my life. I even wrote that in the pages of this magazine. It was 1996, and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a . . . → Read More: Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

On Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Cure

“On Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Cure.” By Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP ASCO Connection

Scrolling through Twitter one day, a post caught my attention: “Early detection is not the answer. Finding and treating all stage 0 breast cancer will not prevent all breast cancer deaths.” With this one tweet the author seemed to highlight . . . → Read More: On Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Cure

Critics detect hype in “Bra Detects Breast Cancer” news

“Critics detect hype in ‘Bra Detects Breast Cancer’ news.” by Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review

At one point, the Boston Globe’s website splashed the breast-cancer-bra news on its home page. In a story devoid of vital details, the feeble attempt to explain anything fell far short. “The bra has been tested for sensitivity and accuracy . . . → Read More: Critics detect hype in “Bra Detects Breast Cancer” news

Redefining Pink

Since the end of September everything you see — from buses to billboards to Monday Night football to the grocery store — shimmers in pink. You can “support breast cancer research” (so it is said) by purchasing everything imaginable and a multitude of the unimaginable as well. Every year it gets worse. Google Breast Cancer . . . → Read More: “Redefining Pink”