The Journey Beyond Breast Cancer: From the Personal to the Political--Taking an Active Role in Prevention, Diagnosis, and Your Own Healing

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, May 1, 1994 - Health & Fitness - 272 pages
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Diagnosed at the age of 38 with early stage breast cancer, Virginia Soffa takes a critical look at breast cancer treatments--both conventional and alternative therapies--and outlines a strategy to help women with the disease make informed choices about individual treatments and to help all women prevent breast cancer in the first place. She discusses surgery and its options, life after mastectomy, treatment alternatives--including diet, herbs, acupuncture, manual lymph drainage, and yoga--as well as spiritual and emotional rehabilitation. She stresses the connection between the destruction of the environment and our deteriorating health. To cure the breast cancer epidemic, she insists, we must look beyond the disease and beyond our selves to heal our planet. 
Currently, one out of every nine American women will hear the dreaded diagnosis of breast cancer at some time in her life--every twelve minutes this year a woman will die of breast cancer. 
Despite advanced technology and early detection, incidence of the disease is actually rising while long-term survival rates are not. 
The author points out the need to focus on prevention and political action. She shows how to start a grassroots organization, and offers advice for supporting loved ones with the disease.
A collection of fine art created by women recovering from breast cancer, accompanied by their own poignant commentary, highlights the text. 
  

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Contents

Finding My Own Way
11
Searching for the Cause
20
Deciding What To Do
41
Searching for a Cure
59
Womens Spirituality
61
Strengthening the Immune System
76
Choosing Surgery
105
Treatment Alternatives
133
Epilogue
211
How to Start a Grassroots Organization
217
A Message for Friends and Families of Women with Breast Cancer
225
Reducing Your BreastCancer Risk Factors
231
A Patients Bill of Rights
232
Endnotes
236
Resources
246
Suggested Reading List
250

Choosing Life
149
Womens Rights in Health Care
161
The Politics of Breast Cancer
181

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The Journey Beyond Breast Cancer: From the Personal to the Political
Taking an Active Role in Prevention, Diagnosis, and Your Own Healing

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part One: Searching for Courage
1. Finding My Own Way
2. Searching for the Cause
3. Deciding What to Do
Part Two: Searching for a Cure
4. Women's Spirituality
5. Strengthening the Immune System
6. Choosing Surgery
7. Treatment Alternatives
Part Three: Beyond Breast Cancer
Epilogue
Appendix 1: How to Start a Grassroots Organization
Appendix 2: A Message for Friends and Families of Women with Breast Cancer
Appendix 3: Reducing Your Breast-Cancer Risk Factors
Appendix 4: A Patient's Bill of Rights
Endnotes
Resources
Suggested Readings
Index 

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