With breast cancer on the rise, especially in the US, more women every year face the emotional, psychological and physical trauma involved with cancer treatment and recovery. And when a woman loses one or both breasts in that process, one Baltimore tattoo artist has become known worldwide as the “Michelangelo of nipple tattoos”, helping to restore self esteem and a sense of normalcy to women affected by breast cancer.
It’s been all over the place in the past 24 hours, but yesterday, actress Angelina Jolie revealed she had undergone a double masectomy after learning she carried a gene that gave her a high risk of breast cancer.
Regular self check-ups are important in all adult women over a certain age to check for lumps or irregularities in one’s breasts, and new research shows that regular boobie squeezing may have some effect in helping to prevent breast cancer. I am now accepting volunteers for breast squeezing… just doing whatever I can to help out.
With the PR problems the Susan G. Komen Foundation have been having the past year, yuo’d think they’d be excited to get new donation partners. But when the porn video site Pornhub decided to donate money for Komen’s breast cancer research from its site revenue, Komen wasn’t so excited to be associated with… porn. But Pornhub likes boobs and Komen likes boobs…
With all the money that appears to be pouring into breast cancer research from every box of Corn Flakes, it’s nice to see that it’s gotten somewhere. Somewhere good. As in, it looks like researchers have developed an incredibly destructive, pinpointed approach to completely destroying the cancer. Oh, and we may have also beaten prostate cancer, too. Good news for boys and girls.
When a man takes hormones and has surgery to become a woman, does she suddenly develop an increased risk of breast cancer? Estrogen creates a slightly increased risk of breast cancer, and obviously after someone takes enough hormones to develop breasts, there’s more breast tissue, but it’s still unclear whether transgendered women have the same breast cancer risk as biologically born women.
Exactly a week after the Komen Foundation announced it was cutting ties with Planned Parenthood, setting off an epic shitstorm across the internet that resulted in Komen reversing their decision, Komen Foundation VP for public policy Karen Handel announced she was stepping down.
After the entire internet rose up against them, the Susan Komen Foundation reversed its position on working with Planned Parenthood today. Earlier this week, Komen announced they would no longer be working with Planned Parenthood to provide low cost breast cancer screening, a move many suspected was influenced by religious conservatives.
Since 1982, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has been the most well known and most well-funded breast cancer education and research fund in the US, and part of their strategy involved working with Planned Parenthood to offer low cost mammograms to people who normally couldn’t afford a mammogram. But after caving from pressure from the religious right, Komen has severed its long term partnership with Planned Parenthood.
A new ad campaign from Mozambique’s Associação da Luta Contra o Cancer (ALCC) carries the message that nobody’s immune to breast cancer — not even Wonder Woman, She-Hulk, Storm or Catwoman. But if for some reason She-Hulk got breast cancer, couldn’t she just squeeze it like a zit and be done with it?
I don’t know how many of you read BoingBoing, but if you do on a regular basis, you’ll recognize writer/blogger Xeni Jardin. Xeni’s been with BoingBoing for years and recently was delivered the devastating news that she has breast cancer after her first mammogram.
At 26 years old, Charleston, SC native Raymond Johnson was diagnosed with cancer. He’s working, but he has no insurance. So he and his doctor applied for Medicaid to cover the costs of his treatment, but he was denied. Denied because he has breast cancer and Medicaid only covers breast cancer treatment for women.
The current method of breast cancer detection, as many women who have had the procedure is a little medieval. Take your tit, squash it flat in a machine and blast it with x-rays. With this new portable machine, developed by Zhipeng Wu of the University of Manchester, all you do is dip your boob in the boob cup and it uses microwaves to achieve the same result.