Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Important Article on Breast Cancer

In the cover article for the Sunday New York Times Magazine Peggy Orenstein surveys past and present thinking about breast cancer in light of her own experience.  In "Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer" she shows that women are  pressured into being treated for a DCIS, a condition that might not harm them until years later - or at all.  Women treated unnecessarily vastly outnumber those whose lives are actually saved by treatment.  The Komen Foundation lionizes cancer survivors while marginalizing women with untreatable cancer as though they had somehow failed.

In a recent blog post Orenstein adds other important material that did not make it into the article, notably the brave but unsung deeds of Rose Kushner.

My own experience with non-cancer was described in this blog post.

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