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Breast Cancer Awareness

The 5 Health Tests Women Can't Ignore

Barbara Dehn | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

When it comes to women's health, there are five health tests that have saved lives and helped improve the quality of life for millions of women, and yet are still underutilized, ignored or forgotten about.

Camryn Manheim On 'The Hot Flashes' And Film Roles For Women

Greg Archer | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Photo: Courtesy of Anonymous Content If you tossed Bridesmaids and Steel Magnolias onto a basketball court and blew a whistle, it would look somethin...

'Cancer Explodes Old Relationships And Seals Others'

Babette Hughes | Posted 09.11.2013 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

I was told in the support group that if cancer didn't kill you, it changed you forever. I didn't believe it. It was too mythic, too sentimental, a TV illness of the week. You've seen the movie. To my surprise I discover that the myth reflects truth.

Coming Out of The Cancer Closet

Nikki Weiss-Goldstein | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Nikki Weiss-Goldstein

Work was the only space in which I felt normal, the only place where I could retreat and not think about my diagnosis.

Metastatic in the Land of the Living

Jude Callirgos | Posted 08.26.2013 | Women
Jude Callirgos

I have one foot gratefully planted in this world, willfully trying to swim the same tide as everyone around me, and the other foot in The Sick World. A fragile place that after seven years, countless surgeries and thousands of drugs, has left me a wisp of my former self.

BRCA Testing Vastly Underused, Researchers Say

Posted 06.11.2013 | Healthy Living

By Amir Khan Women with a mutation on the BRCA gene are at a five-times higher risk for breast cancer -- but with a simple blood test available to ...

Strangled By Their Own Pink Ribbon

Jude Callirgos | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Jude Callirgos

I quickly discovered a very hard line between people who considered themselves serious advocates in the fight against breast cancer and those who are still foolishly drinking the Komen Kool-Aid. You cannot be both. Here are the key points outlining why I believe that line exists.

Breast Cancer Scares and the Single Mom

Pauline Gaines | Posted 08.05.2013 | Divorce
Pauline Gaines

Cancer is kind to no one, but it's even less kind to single parents, who must wrangle jobs, medical treatments, and child-raising alone.

'Who Are You To Judge Me For It?'

Eva Moon | Posted 07.23.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

Who is the real you? The happy, focused, vital woman who made the drastic choice to "mutilate herself" and then move on? Or the physically intact, "natural" woman who lives in dread of the next round of surveillance?

Take Control by Taking Action

Marcia Cross | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Marcia Cross

When I think about how lucky I am that my husband survived, it only reinforces my dedication to taking action against this disease. My wish for every man faced with a cancer diagnosis is to have the same success story.

Angelina's Choice: Whose Body Is it, Anyway?

Darryle Pollack | Posted 07.20.2013 | Women
Darryle Pollack

It used to be that if there was a name aligned with "choice," it was Sophie. "Choice" is now and maybe forever associated with Angelina Jolie.

The Family Secret My Cancer Diagnosis Resurfaced

Babette Hughes | Posted 07.20.2013 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

Denial was too late for me. Cancer doesn't lie. Cancer, unlike murder, doesn't kill in seconds. It's always there, on standby. And as I sat waiting for the doctor, my bare breasts covered in a paper jacket, I envied my mother's lifelong delusion.

The Choice

Mark E. Robson, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Women
Mark E. Robson, M.D.

I have been involved in research in this area for 17 years, since shortly after BRCA1 and BRCA2 were discovered, and I have no idea what I would do if I were a woman faced with this decision. The diagnosis of a mutation is just words on paper, but the risks they foreshadow are very real.

The Powerful Message Within Angelina Jolie's Announcement

Marlo Thomas | Posted 07.16.2013 | Home
Marlo Thomas

I was as stunned as everyone else by Angelina Jolie's revelation on Tuesday that she'd had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. That's not only because one of the most famous women in the world had managed to keep such a dramatic secret under wraps for so long (although that is pretty amazing).

Angelina's Choice

Myra J. Biblowit | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
Myra J. Biblowit

Reading her thoughtful Op-Ed in the New York Times, I could not help but think about Ms. Jolie's ubiquitous Lara Croft character -- the adventurer, the warrior, the intellectual, the sex symbol. Today, Ms. Jolie has stepped out in what may be one of her most defining roles.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Now Is the Time

Seporah Raizer | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

When you're diagnosed with cancer, there's all this pressure to get out and "live your life," and anxiety about being judged for taking life for granted now that you're staring your mortality in the face. But living life to the fullest doesn't mean the same thing for everyone.

A Cancer Survivor's Tribute to Mom

GalTime | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
GalTime

There I was on one end of the phone trying to sound calm, cool and collected because I wanted to protect her. And there she was on the other end of the phone, offering consoliatory words in an effort to protect me, her daughter.

Thank You, Angelina Jolie

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

Like me, Angelina Jolie opted to do whatever she could to drastically decrease the odds of being diagnosed with cancer -- she underwent a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy.

A Few Feet in Their Shoes

Reid Stanley | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Reid Stanley

And then, I had an experience which may be normal for you ladies, but for me was a whole new world -- I laid back and had a medical breast exam there in the doctor's office. Like thousands of women every day, I wonder what the future holds.

The Irresponsibility of the NYT, Peggy Orenstein and Why You Must Mammogram

Tara L. Meltzer | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Tara L. Meltzer

Breast cancer was never a part of the language of my life. It didn't lurk in the corners of my childhood or adolescence. And when stories cropped up in my adult years, they belonged to someone else; friends of friends or the mother, aunt or sister of so-and-so.

Breasts: What's Really Wrong With Breast Cancer

Lauren Cahn | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

Think about breasts. Breasts. Is there a female body part with which our society is more obsessed than breasts? Is there any obsession so equally matched by inherent shame?

The Moment I Realized How Angry I Was About My Breast Cancer

Babette Hughes | Posted 07.07.2013 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

A mother cries because she doesn't want to wear a wig to her daughter's wedding. The woman who has already outlived by a year her prognosis of imminent death talks and talks as if her unbroken chain of outpouring words are keeping her alive.

Feeling Bad About the Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

Fran Visco | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Fran Visco

We, advocates, are leading this charge. We are setting the agenda, bringing the scientists and policy makers together, implementing plans of action and moving forward to the end of breast cancer. This is all happening, albeit difficult to see through that tsunami of pink.

Changing the Sequester for the FAA Adds Insult to Injury for Cancer-Affected Families

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Deborah J. Cornwall

Now we've learned what it takes to get legislators to do something smart about at least a part of the sequester: make them wait for hours on the tarmac because air traffic controllers are on furlough caused by mindless budget cuts.

F%CK Cancer

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Tom Bartolomei

I remember thinking to myself he isn't going to be able to beat it this time and this damn disease just won't leave my family alone. I buried those feelings because if there was any thing I learned over the years of being haunted by cancer is you have to be strong for its victims.