Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer: Who Will Listen?

I too thought the article familiar–as a BC patient I’ve gone looking for the info presented in the article. Departing from my usual curmudgeon-y way of viewing things, I will point out that since this article is in a “mainstream” (as in, not cancer-centric) publication, maybe the truths we BC patients know will be understood by those without cancer. I’ve often thought it would be great if some non-cancer websites/publications would take on PINK.

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Peggy Orenstein’s NYT Magazine article,  “Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer,”  is generating a lot of commentary on Twitter and various message boards.I summarized the article and offered some commentary on the MBCN blog. But I still have a few more things to say.

As Orenstein’s article demonstrates, breast cancer is complex disease. Here are some quick thoughts about breast cancer and screening:

  • Many people reading this article will be looking for an excuse to perhaps ignore some symptom or avoid a doctor’s appointment. Don’t. Talk to you doctor and determine what screening is appropriate for you.
  • There is a difference between a screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram. Note that Orenstein’s article concerns screening mammograms. If you are called back for a diagnostic mammogram, by all means keep that appointment! (“Diagnostic mammography…is an important tool,” says Dr. Gilbert Welch.  “No one argues about this.”)
  • Women who…

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Author: Cancer Curmudgeon

Oct 2010 diagnosed with Stage 3, HER2+ Breast Cancer. Completed treatment Jan 2012. Waaaaaay over pink. Applying punk rock sensibility to how I do cancer.

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