From Pink to Green: Disease Prevention and the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement

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Rutgers University Press, Jun 29, 2009 - Medical - 265 pages
From the early 1980s, the U.S. environmental breast cancer movement has championed the goal of eradicating the disease by emphasizing the importance of reducing—even eliminating exposure to chemicals and toxins. From Pink to Green chronicles the movement's disease prevention philosophy from the beginning.

Challenging the broader cultural milieu of pink ribbon symbolism and breast cancer "awareness" campaigns, this movement has grown from a handful of community-based organizations into a national entity, shaping the cultural, political, and public health landscape. Much of the activists' everyday work revolves around describing how the so called "cancer industry" downplays possible environmental links to protect their political and economic interests and they demand that the public play a role in scientific, policy, and public health decision-making to build a new framework of breast cancer prevention.

From Pink to Green successfully explores the intersection between breast cancer activism and the environmental health sciences, incorporating public and scientific debates as well as policy implications to public health and environmental agendas.

 

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Contents

A Movement in the Making
1
Uncertainty Work and the Politics of the Cancer Industry
19
From Touring the Streets to Taking On Science
45
The Precautionary Principle in Policy Science and Daily Life
81
The Cultural Politics of Sisterhood
106
Race Class and Breast Cancer Prevention
137
Beyond Breast Cancer Beyond Womens Health
162
Still in the Making
187
Notes
205
Index
239
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About the author (2009)

Barbara L. Ley is an assistant professor in the department of journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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