Tag Archives: breast cancer

Holy Shit—Cancer

For months now I’ve been reading Zen Psychiatry, Elana Miller’s wonderful blog. Better than taco Tuesday—the day it will arrive in your email—it contains all kinds of wisdom and insights. But most amazing is that it arrives at all. On … Continue reading

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Two Women, Two Choices

In light of the huge new study on the effectiveness of mammography, I’ve been thinking a whole lot about two of my friends. Both women had DCIS—ductal carcinoma in situ— diagnosis of which has increased dramatically in recent years due … Continue reading

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The Mammogram Fandango

When I saw the Caller ID, I knew instantly what was up: “Your mammogram shows an area on your right breast that we need to get a closer look at,” the woman’s voice was calm and businesslike. “Can you come … Continue reading

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The Supremes Rock

This week the US Supreme Court, in a rare unanimous decision, said that human genes may not be patented. The case was a loss for Myriad Genetics, the company that charges several thousand dollars for the tests for BRCA1 and … Continue reading

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Angelina Jolie and Business of Breast Cancer…

Yes, I said, the business of breast cancer. In the press swirl after Angelina Jolie’s announcement last month that she’d had a prophylactic mastectomies because she has an 87% chance of getting breast cancer, much of the attention was—along with … Continue reading

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