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A few weeks ago, we featured a powerful group of photographs of a breast cancer survivor bearing her beautiful body as a means of encouraging women (and men!) around the world; sadly, the woman was criticized for her near-nudity, causing her to lose over 100 Facebook friends. As a culture, we are surrounded by images of naked, overtly sexualized women, and yet honest portrayals of brave women battling this illness and ... Read More
On her 32nd birthday, Beth Whaanga was diagnosed with breast cancer; valiantly fighting back against the illness, she asked her friend, the photographer Nadia Masot, to take portraits of her nude body after a double mastectomy and hysterectomy as part of Under the Red Dress, a project designed to spread awareness about regular breast and pectoral examination. The beautiful series of images features Whaanga, a mother of four, gazing fixedly at the camera, ... Read More
Mailet Lopez, Breast Cancer Survivor
The photographer and scuba diver Erena Shimoda was inspired to her series create Underwater Healer— About Face through her work with the website I Had Cancer. Learning the stories of cancer survivors, she recalled her own experience with water as empowering and therapeutic, and staged underwater portrait sessions with the survivors she met.
Lori Stone, Endocervical Adenocarcinoma Survivor
The ... Read More
Most skin care products are filled with icky chemicals, and when Cynthia Besteman was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was inspired by her fellow women to create heathy and luxurious products that fit easily into all women’s lives. She founded the skincare company Violets are Blue, and with the help of a biochemist, an herb farmer, and a cancer researcher, Besteman has created a one-of-a-kind “Chemo Care” line. With an eye for ... Read More
Many women suffering from breast cancer face the possibility of a double mastectomy, a surgical procedure in which the breasts are partially or completely removed. In addition to the pain and fear of undergoing a major surgery, some women express feelings of grief over the loss of their breasts. For this reason, this beautiful dance, performed by a woman and her team of doctors, is an especially moving affirmation of the resilience of the female-- and ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Style File on Oct 28, 2013 |
Forget pink everything--The Alloro Collection wants women to feel impossibly stylish, regardless of their experiences with cancer. According to their concept:
The Alloro Collection offers elegant clothes and accessories in rich colors and beautiful fabrics specifically designed for women who have experienced breast cancer. The designs address the changes in contour, comfort and appearance of a woman’s body — without sacrificing style.
What many people ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in General on Oct 11, 2013 |
Did you know that according to the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998: “patients whose health plan covers mastectomies are entitled to full insurance coverage for post mastectomy reconstruction, including nipple micropigmentation.”
This is what “Areola Architect” Cathi Locati wants you to know. After 30 years working as a painter, Locati decided to start using her intensely anatomical, Michelangelo-inspired technique to ... Read More
To screen, or not to screen? That is the question prompted by a recent study of young women and mammograms.
In 2009, the US Preventative Service Task Force said that women should receive regular mammograms at the age of 50. As NBC reported, another study earlier this year showed that women over 50 don’t need to have annual mammograms. Now, The Today Show noted a new study put together at Harvard Medical School, showed that some women who died of breast ... Read More
BY Laurel Walsh in General on May 30, 2013 |
Sad news: Debbie Martin, Angelina Jolie’s maternal aunt, died this Sunday after a nine-year battle with breast cancer. This comes less than two weeks after Angelina’s breast cancer story rocked the world and sparked widespread talks about the disease and its treatment options.
Debbie was the younger sister of Angelina’s mother, who died of ovarian cancer in 2007. All three women carried the “faulty” BRCA1 gene that Angelina describes ... Read More
BY Laurel Walsh in General on May 16, 2013 |
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