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Professors Lori Baralt of California State University, Long Beach and Tracy A. Weitz of University of California, San Francisco published a commentary in Women’s Health Issues (PDF) [2012; 22-6:e509-e512] about the Komen-Planned Parenthood Controversy and the long history of politicization that preceded the incident. They argue that the scandal was largely presented in mass media . . . → Read More: Research Brief — “The Komen–Planned Parenthood Controversy: Bringing the Politics of Breast Cancer Advocacy to the Forefront”

Cancer Screening Campaigns — Getting Past Uninformative Persuasion

“Cancer Screening Campaigns — Getting Past Uninformative Persuasion.” By Steven Woloshin, M.D., Lisa M. Schwartz, M.D., William C. Black, M.D., and Barnett S. Kramer, M.D., M.P.H., New England Journal of Medicine

For nearly a century, public health organizations, professional associations, patient advocacy groups, academics, and clinicians largely viewed cancer screening as a simple, safe way . . . → Read More: Cancer Screening Campaigns — Getting Past Uninformative Persuasion

The Breast Cancer Donor's Dilemma: Time to Revolt?

“The Breast Cancer Donor’s Dilemma: Time to Revolt?” By Ellen Leopold, Truthout

Sixty years ago, the largest national health charities in the United States dominated the philanthropic playing field and were able to carve up the fundraising calendar year among themselves. Competing for their charitable dollars were what came to be called community chests. These . . . → Read More: The Breast Cancer Donor’s Dilemma: Time to Revolt?

Save the Women, Not the Boobies

“Save the Women, Not the Boobies.” By Lisa Hix, Jezebel

All I had to do was post a link with the headline-“No More ‘Save the Ta-Tas,’ Please”-and before long, a couple of put-upon guys from my Midwestern roots swooped onto my Facebook page to tell me to get grip. They didn’t want to see incorrigible . . . → Read More: Save the Women, Not the Boobies

Why Is There a Black-White Gap in Breast Cancer Mortality?

“Why Is There a Black-White Gap in Breast Cancer Mortality?” By Anita Little, Ms. Magazine Blog

Race, class and gender snake their way into practically everything, and all of these identities come to a critical head with black women and breast cancer. In the past 25 years, the gap between the percentage of African American . . . → Read More: Why Is There a Black-White Gap in Breast Cancer Mortality?

Book Review — “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History”

Exhaustively researched and highly readable, science journalist Florence Williams’ latest book describes the remarkable and largely uncharted ecology of women’s breasts. Yes, ecology. It turns out that human breasts are in fact a complex and adaptable ecosystem, with a unique ability to tune in and respond to the world around them. Research has only . . . → Read More: Book Review — “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History”

“Gagging on Ribbons”

“Gagging on Ribbons.” By Dori Hartley, Huffington Post

The color pink has pissed me off since 2001, when I was diagnosed with second stage breast cancer. So, in Pinktober, cancer is about sweet sound bites like, “Pink Ribbon Awareness,” “Feel Your Boobies” and “Walk for the Cure.” It’s not about the fact that we puked . . . → Read More: “Gagging on Ribbons”

Breast Cancer and the Environment

A 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach, examines the existing literature on breast cancer risk posed by various environmental factors, highlights actions that offer potential to reduce risk, and recommends key areas for future research. The report, sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer and the Environment

MD Anderson Cancer Center Launches Unprecedented Moon Shots Program

“MD Anderson Cancer Center Launches Unprecedented Moon Shots Program.” Press Release, MD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announces the launch of the Moon Shots Program, an unprecedented effort to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths. The program, initially targeting eight . . . → Read More: MD Anderson Cancer Center Launches Unprecedented Moon Shots Program

A Conversation with Dr. Patricia Steeg on Redesigning Clinical Trials to Test Therapies that Could Prevent Cancer Metastasis

“A Conversation with Dr. Patricia Steeg on Redesigning Clinical Trials to Test Therapies that Could Prevent Cancer Metastasis” National Cancer Institute Cancer Bulletin

In a perspective published May 30 in Nature, Dr. Patricia Steeg argues that the current system for clinical trials must be redesigned if there is to be a decline in breast cancer . . . → Read More: A Conversation with Dr. Patricia Steeg on Redesigning Clinical Trials to Test Therapies that Could Prevent Cancer Metastasis