Week 7 Blog Post

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.


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  1. While on the surface It seems that treatment for breast cancer has not really changed, there are developments and trials and many things that are continuously being done to help treat breast cancer as well as continuing to find a cure. Curing cancer is no easy feat as doctors are still not certain what causes cancer in general. Researchers are currently still looking into many different aspects of breast cancer including what causes breast cancer, reducing risk of developing breast cancer, developing new lab tests and imaging tests as well as continuing to improve breast cancer treatment. (American Cancer Society) I do agree that since medicine has been so focused on only men for such a long time, it put women behind in understanding our bodies and the possible things that could happen to us. Reading your blog post leaves me to question what else can be done by the media and retailers to help researchers better treat and prevent breast cancer in our world today and if biomedicine is not equipped enough, what other options do we have to turn to?

    “What’s New in Breast Cancer Research?” American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/whats-new-in-breast-cancer-research.html.

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