Blaming the Southern Victim: A Case in Italy

Why is so much attention being drawn to lifestyle risks in places where the risk of developing cancer due to environmental factors has already been established?

Toxic refuse has been illegally disposed of for a long time (potentially since the late 1980s) in Campania, a territory in Italy known as Terra dei fuochi (‘Land of . . . → Read More: Blaming the Southern Victim: A Case in Italy

Breast Reconstruction in Oncology and Cosmetic Surgery: A Comparative Sociological Analysis

Breast Cancer Consortium heartily congratulates BCC partner Cinzia Greco on the successful completion and formal defense of her dissertation research at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and CERMES3 laboratory. Her comparative research in France and Italy explores how patients and doctors view and manage post-mastectomy breast reconstruction versus cosmetic breast surgery.

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Pinkwashing and the Middle East

By Samantha King

When I began researching pink ribbon culture sixteen years ago, I understood that the scope of my project had the potential to grow beyond its initial focus on the United States. What I did not imagine was that my efforts to follow the expansive web of corporate and governmental investment in . . . → Read More: Pinkwashing and the Middle East

Press Release: Open letter to Breakthrough (Breast Cancer Now)

by From Pink to Prevention

From Pink to Prevention is a new initiative formed in 2013 by Deborah Burton from Tipping Point North South, Helen Lynn from the Alliance for Cancer Prevention, and Diana Ward of the Working Group on Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer. The group grew out of an ongoing struggle to . . . → Read More: Press Release: Open letter to Breakthrough (Breast Cancer Now)

Murky Devices: The PIP Breast Implant Scandal

In March 2010, French company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), a manufacturer of silicone breast implants since 1991 and one of the main producers of silicone breast implants for Europe and Latin America, was implicated in a scandal over a high rate of implant ruptures and use of substandard silicone. PIP had been using industrial-grade silicone . . . → Read More: Murky Devices: The PIP Breast Implant Scandal

Representations of women on Australian breast cancer websites: An Interview with Alexandra Gibson

‘Pink ribbon culture’ dominates understandings of breast cancer in Western societies, but how do other countries define breast cancer culture?

Ally Gibson

Ally Gibson teams up with Christina Lee in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland and Shona Crabb in the Discipline of Public Health at the University of Adelaide . . . → Read More: Representations of women on Australian breast cancer websites: An Interview with Alexandra Gibson

The Mammography Screening Debate in Germany: Yes or No?

After living in the United States for 19 years I moved back to my native Germany last year. Shortly after my arrival, I received an invitation to be screened for breast cancer. The standard letter I got in the mail described Germany’s FREE screening program and conveniently came with an automatic appointment that was set . . . → Read More: The Mammography Screening Debate in Germany: Yes or No?

Changing the conversation on breast cancer in Italy – reflections by Dr Grazia De Michele

The first word I managed to utter upon hearing the news that I had breast cancer was ‘why’. Why breast cancer, at such a young age, with no family history or risk factor? It was November 2010. Four months had passed since my thirtieth birthday.

I was living in the UK at that time, but . . . → Read More: Changing the conversation on breast cancer in Italy – reflections by Dr Grazia De Michele

The Cancer Divide: India’s Efforts to Aid Poor Worry Drug Makers

“The Cancer Divide: India’s Efforts to Aid Poor Worry Drug Makers.” by Gardiner Harris, The New York Times.

NEW DELHI — Alka Kudesia needs an expensive drug to treat her breast cancer, but refuses to tell her children for fear they will take out loans to buy the medicine and spend the rest of . . . → Read More: The Cancer Divide: India’s Efforts to Aid Poor Worry Drug Makers

Breast cancer 'rising in under-40s' across Europe

“Breast cancer ‘rising in under-40s’ across Europe.” By Helen Briggs, BBC News.

Cases of breast cancer in women under 40 are rising across Europe, research suggests. Researchers in France and Italy studied trends in breast cancer in women under 40 in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland over an 18-year period. They found . . . → Read More: Breast cancer ‘rising in under-40s’ across Europe

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