Media Messages about Screenings and their Role in Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment

“Media Messages about Screenings and their Role in Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment.” By Gary Schwitzer, Engaging the Patient.

“Disclaimer: the following is not an anti-screening message. It is, however, a call for improved accuracy, balance and completeness in messages about screening tests.

As part of health literacy month, Schwitzer explains that while some journalists have excelled . . . → Read More: Media Messages about Screenings and their Role in Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment

METAvivor featured on The Balancing Act® on Lifetime®

“METAvivor featured on The Balancing Act® on Lifetime®,” Lifetime.

The group METAvivor was featured on The Balancing Act® on Lifetime® Television. Lori Marx-Rubiner, President, along with Kelly Lange, Past President and now Secretary/Treasurer and CJ (Dian) Corneliussen-James, Co-Founder/Director of Advocacy and Past President discuss Metastatic (Stage IV) Breast Cancer – or MBC, and how these . . . → Read More: METAvivor featured on The Balancing Act® on Lifetime®

Cancer Researchers Find “The Angelina Jolie Effect”

“Cancer Researchers Find “The Angelina Jolie Effect” By Kyle Hill, Nerdist.

When Angelina Jolie learned about her own genetic predisposition to breast cancer – and made her diagnosis and treatment very public – she unknowingly urged thousands of women to follow her lead. The announcement of her surgery was maybe more galvanizing than any recent . . . → Read More: Cancer Researchers Find “The Angelina Jolie Effect”

Perilous equations? Empowerment and the pedagogy of fear in breast cancer awareness campaigns

Published in the Women’s Studies International Forum, 2014.

Abstract: Breast cancer awareness campaigns are the major strategy used by public institutions and private organizations to empower women about breast cancer. Yet, drawing on my own research and observations as an academic and activist over the past 9 years in Spain, I argue that these mainstream . . . → Read More: Perilous equations? Empowerment and the pedagogy of fear in breast cancer awareness campaigns

Dear Ms. Robach

“Dear Ms. Robach.” By Lori Marx-Rubiner, Regrounding Blog.

Editorial Note: President of METAvivor Research and Support Lori Marx-Rubiner writes an open letter to Good Morning America’s news anchor Amy Robach on mammography, overtreatment, “fighting” cancer, and metastatic breast cancer — in other words, the other side of breast cancer.

“Dear Ms. Robach,

What a journey . . . → Read More: Dear Ms. Robach

Avoiding the Breast Cancer ‘Warrior’ Trap

“Avoiding the Breast Cancer ‘Warrior’ Trap.” By Peter Bach, The Cut.

Doctor and widow Peter Bach takes aim at the spectacle surrounding Amy Robach’s public breast cancer story.

“A few months ago, I was at a lunchtime fund-raiser for Gilda’s Club, a support organization for those living with cancer, when I heard Good Morning America‘s . . . → Read More: Avoiding the Breast Cancer ‘Warrior’ Trap

Which journalists reported an extra dimension on the 3-D mammography story?

“Which journalists reported an extra dimension on the 3-D mammography story?”By Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review.

Faithful to the latest journal article, many news organizations dutifully reported what they were told by authors of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography.“ . . . → Read More: Which journalists reported an extra dimension on the 3-D mammography story?

Nuanced balance is not easily communicated on latest mammography study

“Nuanced balance is not easily communicated on latest mammography study” by Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review.

“A Systematic Assessment of Benefits and Risks to Guide Breast Cancer Screening Decisions” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors wrote:

“Mammography screening appears to be associated with reduced breast cancer mortality, . . . → Read More: Nuanced balance is not easily communicated on latest mammography study

Why the Sun’s breast check campaign may actually harm women

“Why the Sun’s breast check campaign may actually harm women” by Margaret McCartney, British Medical Journal.

It’s “Page 3 v breast cancer,” sang the Sun’s front page, accompanied by a young woman naked apart from knickers, hand on mammary, to launch its “check ’em Tuesday” campaign. The newspaper, keen to shift attention from widespread . . . → Read More: Why the Sun’s breast check campaign may actually harm women

Does The Sun’s Check 'em Tuesday campaign raise awareness or just set up a sexy breast cancer blame game?

Britain’s best-selling tabloid newspaper, The Sun launched a new campaign called “Check ‘em Tuesday” using topless models to promote breast self exam (BSE) as a way to “spot disease early.” The front page headline “Page 3 V Breast Cancer” features a topless twenty-two-year-old woman named Rosie, from Middlesex. Rosie strikes a similar pose on the . . . → Read More: Does The Sun’s Check ’em Tuesday campaign raise awareness or does it just set up a sexy breast cancer blame game?

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