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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The Paradox of Women’s Sexuality in Breast Feeding Advocacy and Breast Cancer Campaigns

By Jennifer Rothchild

Jennifer Rothchild, PhD is in the sociology and gender, women, & sexuality studies departments at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She is the author of Gender Trouble Makers: Education and Empowerment in Nepal and is currently doing research on the politics of breastfeeding. Her essay was originally published on Sociological Images . . . → Read More: The Paradox of Women’s Sexuality in Breast Feeding Advocacy and Breast Cancer Campaigns

The Dehumanizing Impact of Biomedical Surveillance

Writer Adam Bessie was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer six years ago. Since that time, he’s had at least 30 MRIs. In the six-week period it took him to complete his most recent writing project, he had radiation treatments and x-ray scans five days a week. That’s 30 more scans! It stands to . . . → Read More: The Dehumanizing Impact of Biomedical Surveillance

Shirts off, Underwear On: Play Out, Breast Cancer and Gender Expectations

By Melanie Testa

For me, beauty ideals and expectations related to the female body are a form of tyranny. I resent that in the face of a lethal disease the conversation turns to hair and wigs, reconstruction and ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ programs. I seek to bolster a new female paradigm. In this paradigm, . . . → Read More: Shirts off, Underwear On: Play Out, Breast Cancer and Gender Expectations

Why we won’t be posting no makeup selfies for cancer awareness

“Why we won’t be posting no makeup selfies for cancer awareness” by two women in Brighton, UK, Don’t Hold Your Tongue blog.

This week hundreds of thousands of women have posted pictures of themselves with no makeup on the internet, to raise awareness of cancer and raise money for cancer charities. So far over £2million . . . → Read More: Why we won’t be posting no makeup selfies for cancer awareness

Reconstruction after breast cancer: It's not a boob job

“Reconstruction after breast cancer: It’s not a boob job.” Today Health.

You’re thrown into a world of wounds and drains and aspirating syringes that look like something you’d use to impregnate livestock. Tissue dies, incisions refuse to heal and your body can be racked by infections that can last for weeks, even months. Recent studies . . . → Read More: Reconstruction after breast cancer: It’s not a boob job

Facebook Is Officially OK With (Some) Mastectomy Photos

“Facebook Is Officially OK With (Some) Mastectomy Photos” By Courtney Subramanian, Time.

After more than 20,000 people signed an online petition asking Facebook to stop censoring photos of people who have undergone mastectomies, the social network has for the first time posted its policy on the images. The company said in a statement that it . . . → Read More: Facebook Is Officially OK With (Some) Mastectomy Photos

More on My Story and Why My Reconstruction is Not a “Sexy Boob Job”

“More on My Story, Why My Reconstruction is Not a “Sexy Boob Job.” By Peggy Orenstein, Peggy Orenstein Blog.

“I don’t think women who choose bilateral mastectomy are cowards. But I also don’t think they are heroes. Not even Angelina Jolie. Is she really braver than someone who opted for surveillance, or to have her . . . → Read More: Why My Reconstruction is Not a “Sexy Boob Job”

The Chatter About Jolie

My bloggy friends have really hit some important notes about Angelina Jolie’s prophylactic bilateral mastectomies, a decision she made public in a recent editorial in the New York Times.

Jackie called out those who were judging her decision.

Marie wrote a good explainer about the BRCA gene and why its presence . . . → Read More: The Chatter About Jolie

Rights or Rhetoric? Breast Reconstruction Awareness

I get public relations pitches every day about the latest breast cancer fill-in-the-blank. I usually delete them as soon as they come in, but last week I lingered on one longer than usual. The pitch said that Dr. Allen Gabriel and The Pink Lemonade Project, along with Alaska Airlines and Starbucks, were inviting me to . . . → Read More: Rights or Rhetoric? Breast Reconstruction Awareness

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