Posts tagged "breast cancer"

Was Angelina Jolie ‘Duped’ By Doctors Into Thinking She Needed A Mastectomy?

Was Angelina Jolie duped into an unnecessary double mastectomy by greedy surgeons who just wanted to mutiliate her for no other reason than to cash in on the expensive procedure? Such is the theory going around naturalistic circles. There are plenty of people who sincerely believe that cancer — even if you are genetically predisposed to certain types of…

The Stir / May 16, 2013

Brad Pitt Emotional Over Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy Decision

“I’m quite emotional about it, of course. She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. I…

Julie Gerstein / May 15, 2013

Breast Cancer & Genetics: A Conversation With A Cancer Genetic Counselor About Angelina Jolie & What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s stunning double mastectomy news, we wanted to speak with a genetic counselor to find out a little bit more about how Angelina Jolieand so many other women — came to the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy done. Jolie came to the decision after finding out…

Julie Gerstein / May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie Reveals She’s Had A Double Mastectomy To Prevent Breast Cancer

In a stunning New York Times op-ed piece, Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d recently had a double mastectomy. The actress and mother of 6 revealed that she’d considered the procedure after finding out that she carries a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases a woman’s risk for both breast and ovarian cancers.

Julie Gerstein / May 14, 2013

Breast Cancer Survivors Tell Their Stories Through Mastectomy Tattoos

Perhaps you missed this, but last week, Facebook was in a tizzy over a topless photo of a breast cancer survivor showing off her chest tattoo. The piece was meant as a celebration of her survival and a means of covering up her mastectomy scars, but Facebook classified the image as “pornographic.” The company’s official…

Julie Gerstein / March 5, 2013

Girl Talk: How I’ve Turned Having Breast Cancer Into A Blessing

Did you know that about 10,000 “young” women will get breast cancer this year? I do now. I am one of them.

It all started while my boyfriend and I were away for a long weekend to celebrate my 29th birthday. We were lying in bed and I reached my arm across my…

Dena Stern / February 11, 2013

Miss America Contestant Says She’ll Get A Double Mastectomy Even If She Wins

For all the talk about Miss America being a “scholarship program,” we all know that at its essence, it’s still more a beauty contest than anything else. And even though the definition of beauty has evolved in so many ways over the years, some notions of it have not changed. Which is why current Miss District of…

The Stir / January 13, 2013

A Well-Deserved Medal For Kicking Cancer’s Ass

Boing Boing co-editor Xeni Jardin was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and started treatment–a brutal trifecta of chemo, surgery, and radiation–in January. When she finally finished, her friend Michael mentioned that she deserved a medal for her accomplishment. And then he made her one, complete with an inscription declaring her the winner of the…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 17, 2012

Chris O’Dowd Stars In Bizarre, Objectifying Topless Trampoline Breast Cancer Awareness PSA

This breast cancer PSA raises awareness the same way that naked models for PETA raise awareness about veganism — which is to say, not at all, really.  It’s a shame that “Bridemaids”‘s Chris O’Dowd lent his talents to this spoof Coppafeel PSA for male breast cancer awareness because it’s really stupid.

Jessica Wakeman / September 19, 2012

A Look At Just How Difficult It Is To Get A Pap Smear In Texas

In the video above, RH Reality Check Texas reporter Andrea Grimes — the same Andrea Grimes who writes our “Hitched” column every week! — calls dozens of Texas-funded Women’s Health Program providers in search of a pap smear. The program has excluded Planned Parenthood as a provider, and Andrea discovers the drastically few place…

Daley Quinn / September 7, 2012

Kellie Pickler Shaves Her Head To Support A Friend Undergoing Chemotherapy

Country star Kellie Pickler (right) shaved off her signature bright blond hair yesterday to show support for her childhood friend Summer Holt Miller, a 36-year-old mother of two who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and will begin chemotherapy this week. The two women appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning to discuss Pickler’s buzzed…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 5, 2012

Judy Blume Is Battling Breast Cancer

Oh, no! Beloved young adult author Judy Blume has revealed on her personal blog that she is currently battling breast cancer. The Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret author writes that this summer she intended to spend four weeks at an artists’ retreat at a castle in Umbria, Italy, finishing her next book. But…

Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2012

Planned Parenthood Launches Breast Health Initiative

Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?

This astonishingly high statistic is one of the many things I learned about breast health at Planned Parenthood’s Breast Health Initiative briefing yesterday. Surrounded by some incredibly influential and inspirational women, including Planned Parenthood President Cecile…

Daley Quinn / August 21, 2012

Google Science Fair Winner Brittany Wenger Made A Neural Network That Can Diagnose Breast Cancer

Looking back on high school, I’m often surprised that I graduated with even a modicum of science literacy — let’s just say that my projects usually seemed a bit rushed, which is to say they were entirely completed the night before the due date. But for the teens who competed in this year’s Google Science…

The Mary Sue / July 25, 2012

“Queen Of Clown Porn,” Hollie Stevens, Dies Of Breast Cancer At Age 30

I thought a post about the passing of an adult film actress who was known as the “Queen Of Clown Porn” could be interesting. But the illness and death of Hollie Stevens, age 30, of breast cancer is nothing short of absolutely tragic. Friends say that Stevens had no health insurance and couldn’t access decent health…

Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2012

Breast Cancer Survivor Fights To Swim Topless In Public Pool

When Jodi Jaecks, a breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy, decided she would try swimming in order to achieve the level of physical fitness she had before she started chemo, she ran into a bit of a problem — there weren’t any swimsuits that fit her comfortably. Not one to be deterred, she…

The Mary Sue / June 23, 2012

Doctors Could Tell Women That Abortion Causes Breast Cancer Under New Hampshire Bill

Another day, another new height reached in WTF-ery: New Hampshire’s state House has advanced a bill that would require doctors to give women “informational materials” before an abortion that “that inform the pregnant woman that there is a direct link between abortion and breast cancer.” Even though there isn’t.

This scare tactic just

Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2012

Karen Handel Resigns From Susan G. Komen For The Cure

Karen Handel has resigned from her position as senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Handel’s resignation letter, after the jump:…

Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2012

Susan G. Komen Gun Proves They Can’t Reverse The Stigma They Created

The Susan G. Komen Foundation used to stand for something good, but their techniques of late — and especially their decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood — have made many of us question any of their motives at all. And even though they announced today that they will continue funding Planned Parenthood, the damage is done.

Yes, Komen has caved…

The Stir / February 3, 2012

Komen Reverses Decision On Defunding Planned Parenthood

Susan G. Komen for the Cure just released a statement this morning announcing it will reverse its decision to defund Planned Parenthood and continue to fund breast exams for women who otherwise could not afford them. I wonder how many PR wonks burned the midnight oil writing this up. 

The statement references how…

Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2012