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?
Mammography specifically, and cancer screening in general, is often something of a muddle. We should acknowledge the trade-offs, work toward better screening methods, and in the interim -- muddle through.
Ms. Cappello's story is compelling. She is one of a long history of breast cancer activists who have challenged the status quo. But in my opinion, using individual cases to dictate health policy is a dangerous precedent.
How many of you are confused by the seemingly endless rounds of recommendations about breast cancer screenings? I know that I am, and so this post is designed to help answer six essential questions that will help you decide what to do about breast cancer screening.
Questioning whether early detection does more harm than good sometimes makes me feel like a traitor to the pink-ribbon sisterhood, and I take some comfort in the fact that public opinion is finally catching up with me.
Every 3 minutes -- about the time it takes you to listen to your favorite song -- someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. With 1 in 8 women now expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer, this disease has touched all of us in some way.