Cancer and Heroism

In examining troubling narratives surrounding breast cancer, one thing I often think about is the framing of breast cancer patients as ‘heroes,’ as though you get a cape and mask with your diagnosis. That attitude is reinforced in the language people use about going through cancer treatment; patients are ‘battling’ or ‘fighting’ cancer, and they […]

Pink, Politics, and Cancer

Earlier this year there was considerable brouhaha when the Susan G. Komen foundation withdrew funding used to provide mammograms and related services from Planned Parenthood. After only a few days of immense pressure, the organisation rescinded the decision, but the situation highlighted something interesting for me: Many people are not aware that Komen is a […]