Understanding the Mammography Controversy: Science, Politics, and Breast Cancer Screening

Understanding the Mammography Controversy: Science, Politics, and Breast Cancer Screening

Understanding the Mammography Controversy: Science, Politics, and Breast Cancer Screening

Understanding the Mammography Controversy: Science, Politics, and Breast Cancer Screening

Synopsis

"Writing to be understood by the lay reader, Dr. Finkel shows us how breast cancer develops and takes us through the controversy surrounding mammography. How valid are the screenings? Who should be screened? How frequently? At what age? And should women be screened at all? This book dissects the issues to help present answers. Above all, says Dr. Finkel, women need to make informed decisions, and to do what they need to understand the potential benefits and potential harms accompanying mammography. This book includes a time line showing changing public advice on mammography across the years. Listings explain how to see federal reports on mammography facilities, and how to find and contact support groups. Dr. Finkel details the development of breast cancer and its various types of tumors, the treatment options and the psychological effects. Also provided are methods to use - questions to ask - to communicate optimally with your doctor and make reasoned decisions." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Over the centuries, the female breast has been depicted as a symbol of many things including fertility, liberty (political symbol of liberty in the French Revolution, for example), eroticism, obsession (as in Freud's obsession), and female liberation. Breasts are depicted in paintings, sculptures, and drawings. Psychiatrists and psychologists, religious leaders, advertisers, and pornographers have either rhapsodized or vilified the female breast; and, males, for eons, have fantasized about this part of the female body. Ever-changing fashion styles have gyrated from covering up the breast, to seductively exposing a significant portion of the breast, to [letting it all hang out.] But, from a historical view, [obsession] with the female breast is a fairly recent phenomenon.

The fascination with the female breast seems to transcend time and place. Of course there are widespread cultural differences in attitudes about female breasts and the role they play in sexual attraction. In some developing societies, females rarely cover their breasts; in most other places in the world, conventional dress and social mores dictate that a woman's breasts are not exposed. The European attitudes about female breasts, covered or uncovered, are quite different than American attitudes. In Europe, going topless at the beach is quite accepted and considered normal. In the United States, public bathing places have laws against such display. At the other end of the spectrum, in the Muslim . . .

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