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Breast Cancer Awareness

Let's Stop 'Dumbing Down' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns!

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 11.30.2014 | Women
Nancy Stordahl

I say no; it does not. Trivializing a deadly disease is wrong. Objectifying women is wrong as well. Two wrongs do not make a right.

When My Mom Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Meg Seitz | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Meg Seitz

I was in a meeting when I saw my iPhone light up with a message. Midway through whatever I was saying, I glanced quickly to read the text out of the corner of my eye. "Mammogram came back suspicious. Have to go back next week. Love you," said Mom via that text. It was her birthday.

We Have Stage Four Cancer: Does That Make Us Terminal?

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Campisano

The average life span for someone with my illness is still 26 months. I've never thought of myself as terminal, but many people will describe this disease with that word. I began to wonder if I was just being wishful in my thinking.

Exploitation Is Not Awareness

Jamie Bendola | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Jamie Bendola

In October, companies give themselves a pat on the back for "spreading awareness," but all the while they are really just profiting off of breast cancer.

Genetic Testing for All Women? Not a Solution to the Breast Cancer Epidemic

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Karuna Jaggar

Genetic testing is complex, and brings with it a wide range of medical, ethical and scientific issues -- despite years of medical training, even many physicians don't fully understand all the complexity involved.

What the Pink Ribbon Can Learn From the Ice Bucket

Mark Malinowski | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

After an incredible summer of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges, I think it's important to review this zeitgeist moment in order to learn. On the dawn of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I think it's also interesting to compare and contrast the grassroots ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with years of "Pink" efforts to support Breast Cancer.

My Disease Isn't a Cutesy Slogan

Lara Huffman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Women
Lara Huffman

When it comes to breast cancer, screw saving the ta-tas, boobies or second base. The primary concern should be removing the cancer from the woman's body, and oftentimes that means a single or double mastectomy. You know -- not saving the breasts.

Why I Hate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Dale

I don't look forward to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That may seem like a strange statement coming from a woman whose own mother was diagnosed with the disease. Given my sex and age, I have a personal stake in seeing progress made.

This Is What Breasts Really Look And Feel Like

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 09.22.2014 | Women

We see breasts every day on billboards, in magazines, on HBO. They're photoshopped and perfectly lit, idealized fantasy versions of reality. Weirdly, ...

A Pink Perspective: I Bought a Pink Blow Dryer. I Found A Lump. I Got the Call. I Realized How Much I Didn't Know.

Allison W. Gryphon | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Allison W. Gryphon

I realize the topic of breast cancer month can bring out some fierce emotions so the first thing I want to say is, what I'm writing here is not about stirring the pot or getting up on my soap box.

7 Things You Can Do When Someone You Love Has Cancer

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Kathleen Buckstaff

You have them right in front of you. Savor them. When you know someone you love has cancer, you are on notice. Fight hard to take advantage of each moment spent together.

Preventative Breast Cancer Mastectomy Is Not a Panacea

Mike Smith | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mike Smith

International Breast Surgeons Applaud Angelina Jolie Honesty Among the most controversial decisions in surgery today may well be whether patients sho...

When Body Image Collides with Breast Cancer

Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS

I was set to get married to my fiancé in less than two months and all I could think of at that moment was, "I am going to be a newly-married bride with one breast hacked off."

The Disease More Prevalent In Women Than Breast Cancer

Melissa Taylor | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Melissa Taylor

There is an abundance of pink ribbons around cities and neighborhoods, slapped on bumpers and product packaging and posted in store fronts. Although I find the united force against breast cancer wonderfully inspiring, where are all of the purple ribbons?

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Riddle Me This

Seporah Raizer | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Because we look healthy on the outside, we must be healthy on the inside? Well, I know for a fact that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and you damn well shouldn't judge a cancer by it's body.

What Will You Choose to Wear Today: Faith or Fear?

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Olayiwola A. Alara

But just like every problem hypothetically is supposed to have a solution, fear also has an antidote, which is known as faith.

I Believe a Dream Saved My Life: A Tale of Breast Cancer Detection

DreamsCloud | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
DreamsCloud

By DreamsCloud Sunni Ingalls had a dream that may have saved her life. In November 2011, Ingalls awoke from a vivid dream in which she was running i...

The Annual Mammary Squeeze (The Ultimate Women's Experience)

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

My annual excursion is an immersion into a women-centered medical world... with all the love, nurturing and neuroses that suggests. When I walk through those double glass doors, I enter a world of women, and for the most part, we take very good care of each other.

How a Celebrity's Breast Health Disclosure Matters

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 09.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

In the United States, 230,000 cases of female breast cancer will be diagnosed this year and 40,000 women will die from the disease. Next to lung canc...

Listen Up, Guys: You Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Men may not realize it, but they can get breast cancer, too. In a HuffPost Live conversation on Wednesday, Dr. Mark David Pearlman explained that ...

Cancer: It's Not All Rainbows and Butterflies

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Divorce
Fiona Finn

Cancer was a mixed blessing -- proving since my husband couldn't carry me, he didn't deserve to marry me. But cancer didn't just injure my body; it destroyed me emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially.

Know Your Risk: Breast Cancer, Family History and Testing BRCA Negative

Samantha Golkin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Women
Samantha Golkin

It was knowing my risks and being vigilant that saved me from the spread of breast cancer, saved me from extensive treatments and saved my life.

The Complacency of Awareness

Fran Visco | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Fran Visco

It is time to move from awareness to prevention. If much of the resources that are currently directed at breast cancer awareness were redistributed to prevention, imagine how much faster we could start saving lives.

I Just Got Called For A Repeat Mammogram -- And I'm Scared Sh*tless

Karen Alpert | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Karen Alpert

ME: Hello? RECEPTIONIST: Hi this is Ellen at Willow Hospital, I'm calling about your recent mammogram.

Kasey Varner

Gabby Giffords Rallies Members of Congress To Beat The Press

HuffingtonPost.com | Kasey Varner | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a two-year losing streak, the congressional women's softball team have finally brought home the trophy. Staying safely ahead of...