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My Boob Started Growing Lumps, So Now I Need New Bras

My boobs have always been my favorite thing about myself (sometimes tied with my hair). They’re a decent size, nearly symmetrical, and close enough to perky to satisfy me. Even when my skin sucked and my weight wasn’t what I wanted, I had my boobs. And then they let me down. At 31, I discovered […]

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Breast Cancer Screenings Remain a Woman's Burden

Not to brag, but I have dense fibrous breasts. They have held up over time. However, dense breasts also increase the likelihood of developing cancer. Last year, I found a lump and was ordered to have a mammogram and an ultrasound. It turned out to be a cyst, but they saw other “things” and were like, this is so […]

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Breast Cancer Screening: Who Profits from Early Detection?

When Angelina Jolie revealed she carried the breast cancer gene, the world learned about the $3,000 price tag attached to BRCA testing. But gene mutations represent a small percentage of breast cancer cases, and 85% of women diagnosed have no family history of the disease. Who pays for their breast cancer screening? Since women rely […]

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Angelina Jolie Double Mastectomy: The Future of Women's Health

My first thought when I heard the news of Angelina Jolie’s preventative double mastectomy? “Oh no, not again.” I wasn’t shocked to learn that a celebrity had undergone this procedure. Ms. Jolie wasn’t the first. No. It was the reminder that somewhere, another woman had been forced to make a difficult and painful health choice. […]

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Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Taking on The Breast Industrial Complex

I’m not sure why watching the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc., made me so angry. I’d read Samantha King’s book, on which the film is loosely based, back in 2008. I reviewed it, along with Gayle Sulik’s similar work on the subject, Pink Ribbon Blues. I recently wrote a blog on Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, a new non-fiction work which, among […]

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