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Breast Cancer Awareness

Worshipping the Almighty Boob

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

They are a natural part of your body, no big deal, something to hide, something to be ashamed of, bought in a doctor's office, something to flaunt, a prize, part of a show for entertainment, something to change, something that produces milk, an industry. They are an enigma.

7 Genius Gadgets and Natural Products to Replace the Chemicals in Your Beauty Cabinet

Anna De Souza | Posted 12.15.2013 | Style
Anna De Souza

From all-natural solutions for the products you can't go without, to chemical-free gadgets that get the job done sans creams and lotions, next up, seven grooming solutions that will replace those toxic chemicals in your cabinet!

The Worst Part About Breast Cancer

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

The patients who reach out while in the quicksand of catastrophic illness, like the 49-year-old man who was terminated by his insurance company because he had the nerve to contract brain cancer, are equal parts heartbreaking and inspirational.

Actually, Breast Cancer Does Discriminate

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

"Cancer doesn't discriminate." But the health care system that delivers our treatment often does. And the stigma and stress of living as sexual and gender minorities often lead to behaviors that increase our cancer risks. We need support, and we need to connect with other LGBT survivors.

The Worst Day Of My Life

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

There have been many bad days in my life... and many, many more good ones. But when I look back, I realize the worst day of my life was not the day, seven years ago, when I learned I had breast cancer (though that was a terrifying day, indeed). It wasn't the day my mother died, or my father died. But the worst day of all was the day I had to tell my children that I had cancer.

Ask the Mutant: If I Could Turn Back Time

Eva Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Eva Moon

If I could alter the roll of the genetic dice that gave me the BRCA1 mutation -- never experience agonies of fear waiting for biopsy results, not face the wrenching decision to give up my breasts and ovaries, endure 22 hours of surgeries, months of recovery and 60 inches of scars -- Would I?

Rethink Pink: From Awareness to Knowledge

Catheryn Yashar, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

Too often, I encounter a newly-diagnosed, frightened woman who doesn't know that the choice for treatment is hers to make. Her surgeon, medical oncologist, and the radiation oncologist are all there to help guide her, but ultimately the decision should be -- must be -- hers.

Breast Cancer: Sara I'm Pissed!

Lisa Masters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

I've posted before that I see October as the color pink. I still do but there are many whose hearts bleed red across this sea of pink and see October as black.

A Secret Fear Teaches Me an Ugly Truth About 'Awareness'

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Debbie Woodbury

Lining other people's pockets in the name of breast cancer will not save our sisters living with metastatic cancer. Only research will do that.

What the Pink Ribbon Means to Me

Lara Huffman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Lara Huffman

With Pinktober full steam ahead, I want to come right out and say this: Pink Stinks. I am sick and tired of the pink ribbon, Pinktober and massive amounts of pink-washing products that line the shelves year after year.

Breast Cancer and Baseball

Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, M.D.

With more people talking about "Angelina Jolie Surgery," it's hard to ignore the parallels to Tommy John. How wonderful it is that, due to marvelous advances in medicine, so many patients "get to have" these operations and remain strong, beautiful and productive for many years to come.

Rebecca Romijn Goes Topless For A Good Cause

Posted 10.09.2013 | Celebrity

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this week is Breast Cancer Awareness week at Funny or Die. The hilarious masterminds behind the jokey sit...

Team Shan: Reaching One Young Woman at a Time

Emily Drake | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

While awareness campaigns have highlighted the prevalence of breast cancer, the fact that breast cancer affects young women is often not as widely discussed, perpetuating the need to educate young women about their risk of breast cancer. Team Shan is an organization that is doing just that.

The Government Shutdown, Cancer Research and My Two Favorite Four-Letter Words

Emily Kontos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Emily Kontos

During the government shutdown, the National Institutes of Health is turning away patients for clinical trials. This includes about 30 children each week, most of them cancer patients. Take a moment to look up your representatives' stances on funding for scientific research.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Pinktober Shminktober

Seporah Raizer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

How the hell is a "Save the Tatas" mug supposed to save a life? In truth, it should say, "Save your money, go home, get naked, and check yourself not just for lumps, but for ALL the signs and symptoms that could possibly indicate breast cancer."

'When We Join Together, We're Stronger Together'

Shari Holt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Shari Holt

I went in for my mammogram as usual, and the nurse stated that I would receive my results in the mail. A few weeks later, I received a letter from the hospital stating that they wanted me to come in for more testing.

This Month, Think Pink... and Remember Red

Nancy Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Whether the topic is breast cancer, heart disease or any major illness, women need to be in tune with their bodies. Awareness and education are vital because they lead to prevention and early detection, two of the best tools in health improvement.

To Heed or Not to Heed a Call to Action: What's a Female Entrepreneur to Do? 

Penina Rybak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Penina Rybak

October seems to be rife with quintessential calls to action, why? October is also the month before the official holiday season starts, where we think about our trajectory: past, present, and future.

22 Ways To Help A Friend With Breast Cancer

Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living

By Anne Krueger Whether your friend or family member is newly diagnosed or in the midst of treatment, she's unlikely to be wowed by vague offers ...

6 Famous Faces Touched By Breast Cancer This Year

Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living

Despite the fact that everything turns pink come October, breast cancer remains a serious threat. Breast cancer is the fifth leading cause of cance...

One Gap That's Closing Between Black Women And Whites Isn't Anything To Cheer About

Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices

An estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,620 breast cancer deaths are expected to occur among U.S. women in 2013. And according...

Beyond BRACA: 7 Keys to Breast Cancer Prevention

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

We need more. We need more options than losing our breasts, ovaries and other organs. Surely the conversation on breast cancer prevention has to be more involved than this?

What Bosnians Can Teach The World About Fighting Breast Cancer

Nela Hasic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nela Hasic

Breast cancer does not differentiate between religions or ethnicities. And because awareness of the disease in Bosnia lags far behind that of other Western nations and cancer detection facilities are fewer and less advanced, survival rates tend to be markedly lower than elsewhere.

Curtis M. Wong

Judy Garland's Daughters To Reunite Onstage For The First Time In 20 Years | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices

If there's one lesson Lorna Luft learned early, it's that the show must always go on. The singer-actress and her sister Liza Minnelli share more in co...

A Breast Cancer Heroine

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 11.30.2013 | Women
Kristin Meekhof

Everyone has a story to tell and for years as a broadcast journalist Ann Murray Paige's job was to tell those stories. Now as a breast cancer patient, she is sharing her own story on film, in speaking engagements, and on the page.