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Author Goes Beyond The Pink Ribbons To Improve How We Understand & Talk About Breast Cancer




Breast cancer survivor Kate Pickert found herself disillusioned with common depictions of breast cancer after her own diagnosis.
Breast cancer survivor Kate Pickert found herself disillusioned with common depictions of breast cancer after her own diagnosis.
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What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words breast cancer? Maybe a pink ribbon or a sea of pink shirts walking in a 5K? Well that image, the same one that’s often portrayed in the media and on social media sites, isn’t something author Kate Pickert could relate to when doctors diagnosed her with an aggressive form of the cancer at 35 years old.

Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America by Kate Pickert
Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America by Kate Pickert

In the book, “Radical: The Science Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America,” Pickert takes readers on her journey through breast cancer surgery, details her own treatment and reports on the challenges of taking on the disease. And in doing so, she attempts to improve how readers understand and talk about breast cancer, a disease diagnosed in one in eight women. The book explores how breast cancer has been portrayed throughout history and offers an update on breast cancer research and treatment.

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Kate Pickert, author of the new book, “Radical: The Science Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America” (Little, Brown Spark, 2019), she’s a journalism professor at Loyola Marymount University and former staff writer for TIME Magazine and tweets @KatePickert