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  You know the kind of apology where the person is like, "Sorry you're so sensitive you got mad at me?"  Those are the worst kind!  Nancy Brinker, CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, released a statement apologizing for her foundation's controversial decision earlier this week to end its long-standing partnership with Planned Parenthood. Sounds like they're walking it back on this one, which is the best possible news for women everywhere. Read More
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, made a shocking announcement Tuesday afternoon--they're ending their longtime partnership with Planned Parenthood. SGK's Facebook page has been flooded with reactions since then. Nancy G. Brinker, the organization's founder and ambassador, uploaded a video meant to give "straight talk" about the controversial decision.  The choice to siphon most future grant money away from Planned Parenthood and into other organizations is allegedly due to "new granting strategies. Read More
  Need a new pair of shoes? Look no further than PONY’s “Check Your Self” line of vegan shoes. Not only are you buying some awesome looking kicks; you’re making a difference. For every shoe sold, $3 goes directly to the Keep A Breast Foundation, a non-profit organization that spreads breast cancer awareness through art events and educational programs. This year’s line is in collaboration with illustrator Laurie Shipley. The North Carolinian artist drew inspiration from nature, Native American and old-world sailor imagery. Read More
In The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, a documentary airing tonight on HBO, Dee Dee Ricks is a wealthy, materialistic socialite who has everything--including breast cancer. She is lucky to have the money and health insurance to provide herself with her needed health care. But the piling medical bills are a sobering life changer for Dee Dee, as she becomes empathetic to women with breast cancer who aren’t as lucky as she is. Read More
                         When you see David Jay’s photos from the SCAR Project you might gasp. His portraits of young breast cancer survivors, all ranging from 18 to 35 years old, hide nothing. From October 28 to November 6 the Openhouse Gallery in New York City will be exhibiting the photos, which show off the scars of breast cancer survivors and chronicle the effect it has had on their bodies. Some of the women stand alone, others together. Some look proud. Others look vulnerable. Read More
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Canadian charity organization Rethink Breast Cancer is launching an iPhone/Droid app that encourages women to stay on top of their self-exams:  Your Man Reminder.   The free app features a bevy of buff dudes for your educational…pleasure(?): a shirtless guy of your choice will appear on your phone monthly as if by pec- er, tech magic, to remind you to examine your own boobs with a little TLC (“Touch, Look, Check”). Read More
“In July of 2010, at age 34, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer which entailed, among things, a double mastectomy, four months of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation five days a week and a nice preview of menopause. I just completed all of my treatments in March and continue my journey with breast cancer. I am currently in the process of making the decision to have my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed due to the high statistics of ovarian cancer with the BRCA2 gene mutation. Read More
This weekend I went to a refresher breast exam workshop. A woman with actual medical credentials took out her breasts and demonstrated the correct way to exam them. I was taught this when I was in high school, but to my surprise, after being in this workshop, I realized I’ve been doing it all wrong. Maybe it was because this time I was shown on an actual person, not on an inanimate object. I realized in this workshop (which was part of the Quorum Forum which I blogged about earlier) that there’s lots of misconceptions about breast cancer and other things that ail the female body. Read More
It's a great day for women's health!  A new vaccine is in the works and currently showing great promise of preventing and treating breast cancer. Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States, and this vaccine holds the potential to save millions of lives worldwide.  Not only has it shown to prevent cancer from forming, it could also halt the growth of existing tumors.  These studies have only been administered in mice, and if they are successful in human trials then women will have a powerful tool in fighting this deadly disease. Read More
Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While breastcancer.org predicts that 40,480 American women are expected to die in 2008 from it, the good news is that death rates have been decreasing since 1990. The organization largely credits earlier detection among the top reasons for the decrease. So it’s understandable why women all over the U.S. Read More