Breast cancer is most common with women. It is a disease that puts financial and emotional and physical strain on families, personal lives, and social lives. Breast cancer has been mainstream thanks to Avon and Susan G. Komen foundation. Almost 60 thousand women dies each year from breast cancer, and the lifetime ask increase its time. From 1 in 22 women being of high risk in the 19’40’s to 1 in 8 in 2011. Because of this biomedical society, pinpointing the cause of cancer is difficult so there ae many risks involved in the breast cancer culture and there is also healing and survival.l
Media and retailers have a huge role in breast cancer awareness. Companies market their products, capitalizing off social awareness campaigns to increase sales. This disease gets the most attention and all types of products get stamped with the pink ribbon. It is believed that the awareness of breast cancer is most popular due to the amount of women that go and buy the products for a cause.
Another issue with this disease is that nothing has really changed treatment wise even with all the money and awareness. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy is still the standard procedure and former surgeons like Susan Love wanted to get to the bottom of the disease instead of “slash, burn and poison”. Theres alot doctors still dont know about the disease which results in numerous outcomes of treatment. Women are instructed to get mammograms, early detection, and ultimately the outcomes vary too greatly to say those two things will prevent cancer. I believe multiple factors are at hand and biomedicine just isn’t equipped enough to consider every possible source.
Survivors do feel that sense of community when they come together. Talking about traumatic experiences and venting can be healing. Knowing that you’re not alone is comforting and many women look forward to participating in the events.
Ecofeminists believe in more than just breast cancer being a women’s issue contrary to the biomedical perspective. Eco feminists emphasizes the social, cultural and political aspects of womens lives and how it impacts weather or not they are at a higher risk for breast cancer. Women throughout history have been 2nd class citizens and the haven’t been treated with much respect. According to Lea, women haven’t been able to achieve emotional, and physical well-being. From domestic violence disputes, having to stay in the home and then randomly work countless hours in the factories, to having to fight tirelessly for rights to live their lives has had to take a toll on them. Generation after generation, the numbers of diagnosed breast cancer patients are increasing although progress have been made socially and politically. Women also haven’t been studied medically in the past. Science and medicine had been based on men for a very long time. It makes sense how a disease so prevalent in women today can be misunderstood based on the lack of knowledge. This environment hinders our chances to eat healthy especially if you’re part of the low income communities. Sadly, its easy for people to blame specific aspect of their lives on why they would get breast cancer even though many aspects are involved. The support is too great to change.