Coping with Uncertainty and Evidence in Breast Cancer and Biomedicine

By Bonnie Spanier, Ph.D.

The information we get about health and medicine may or may not be based on solid evidence. Does this new treatment work better than that old one? Is it safe? For whom? With what long-term effects?

To make informed decisions, we must know how evidence is gathered and evaluated, how and why experts might disagree, and how limitations – some avoidable, others not — are already built into the system. The history of breast cancer science and advocacy is a useful lens for examining the limits and the potential of modern biomedicine.

In this book, we offer a series of lessons and “how-to’s” to help readers understand and use evidence-based tools to evaluate health information and make empowered medical choices even in the face of biomedical uncertainty.

Book manuscript in preparation.


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