If Angelina’s double mastectomy has you thinking about your own cancer prevention options, here’s a heads up. What Jolie calls her “faulty gene,” BRCA1, is one of two genetic mutations that increase a woman’s chances of having breast and ovarian cancer. Not many people have these kinds of mutations, but for those who do, odds are they’ll develop the disease at some point in their lives. The good news – a biotech company ... Read More
As you might have already heard, Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy to decrease her risk of breast cancer from 87% to under 5%. People have praised her courage for revealing such a personal, deeply serious part of her life in an op-ed piece for the New York Times. Other people, however, have mourned the loss of the only important aspect of Angelina Jolie as an actress, director, mother, wife, and public figure: OMG HER BOOBS R GONE 4EVR.Yes, there are ... Read More
In a recent op-ed piece, acclaimed actress and director Angelina Jolie revealed her personal experience with preventative breast cancer methods. She carries a “faulty gene” that highly increases her chances of developing ovarian and breast cancer. When she discovered that she had an 87% risk of breast cancer, Jolie decided to take action. Her choice was to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. After three months of procedures and surgery, ... Read More
It's rare to hear such sincere honesty and openness from an icon scrutinized by the public eye, but impressing us is something Kim Gordon does best. In a recent interview the feminist punk rock star continues to prove that Gordon is a strong, classy lady we at BUST will never stop fangirling over. She's been featured in BUST numerous times over the years, so you can imagine our excitement to read about her life now, as she works with her new band to appease our ... Read More
Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the Divinyls, has passed away. She was diagnosed with both breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53. According to a statement released by her husband, she passed gently, in her sleep and was surrounded by her close friends and family.She was best known for the 1991 hit single, "I Touch Myself." The band released six albums before splitting in 1997. The band later re-formed in the early 2000s. Amphlett was known as a ... Read More
Former BUST writer Sarah Verdone passed away three years ago after a battle with breast cancer. In her memory, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council created the Sarah Verdone Writing Award in 2011. The award will be presented to a different gifted female writer annually for a decade. This year’s (21+) event will take place on March 11th, almost exactly three years after Sarah’s death. Join us from 7-10pm at Catch Roof, where there will be complimentary ... Read More
“The Light That Shines” is a documentary about Jill, a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer just after her wedding. She underwent chemotherapy, radiation, five surgeries, and a double mastectomy. She later lost an implant due to an infection and no longer wears a prosthetic breast to replace it. She has now been diagnosed with incurable stage 4 bone cancer. Jill's dream is to inspire other women to love their bodies and feel comfortable no matter ... Read More
The BUSTiest news you’ll hear all day: Allana Maiden and her mother Debbie Barrett will meet with Victoria’s Secret representatives today in order to plead their case for a “Survivor” line of bras for breast cancer survivors. Debbie is a mastectomy survivor who, like many other women in the same position, has trouble finding comfortable, cute bras. On behalf of her mother, Allana created a Change.org petition asking Victoria's Secret to ... Read More
Comedian Tig Notaro was at a career high before a four-month period of hardship began.  It included pneumonia, a life-threatening bacterial infection in her digestive tract, unexpectedly losing her mother, and going through a break up.  Then, at the beginning of her stand up set at Largo in Los Angeles on August 3, she calmly revealed that she had been diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. As she took the microphone to boisterous applause, she ... Read More
If you’re a crafty and caring girl, this is a great project for you!  Girls Love Mail is a charity that collects crafty, hand-written letters that are distributed to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and those going through treatment.  Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly artsy, kind words to these strong ladies are always appreciated.  A fun idea is gathering your friends to create cards together! Gina Mulligan ... Read More
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