The Unbearable Weight of the Pink Ribbon

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LA Times, Laurie Becklund covered the war in El Salvador, writing stories that would change Americans’ perception of the war. (Elizabeth Rose Becklund Weinstein)

Former writer for the L.A. Times Laurie Becklund, age 66, died on February 8th from metastatic breast cancer. Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer to different parts of the body, most often the bones, liver, lungs or brain. Becklund’s cancer went to all four sites.

As she lay dying, Becklund wrote a scathing op-ed, published after her death, that denounced breast cancer culture – the “painfully out of date” awareness messages; the false but upbeat assurances showered upon ‘survivors’; the misleading “early detection” mantras that accompany almost every breast cancer campaign; the collateral damage of treatments and the failures of “gold standard’ medical protocols that rarely receive attention within the health care system or beyond it; the devastating trespasses of the wealthiest breast cancer charity in the world, Susan G. Komen [for a Cure], an organization that claims to save lives but “channels only a fraction of those funds into research or systems to help those who are already seriously sick.”

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  • Laurie Becklund Video: “Treat me like a statistic and save my life,” Stanford Medicine X at Stanford University on September 7, 2014.
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer. Topics, Breast Cancer Consortium.
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