BCAQc recommends the following books which show a side of cancer prevention rarely covered in mainstream media.

Patient No More: The Politics of Breast Cancer
by Sharon Batt

Sharon Batt is one of the original founders of Breast Cancer Action Montreal. Sharon looks at the breast cancer industry to explore why so little progress has been made in our understanding and treatment of cancer.

Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women's Health
by Gayle Sulik

Pink ribbon paraphernalia saturate shopping malls, billboards, magazines, television, and other venues, all in the name of breast cancer awareness. In this compelling and provocative work, Gayle Sulik shows that though this "pink ribbon culture" has brought breast cancer advocacy much attention, it has not had the desired effect of improving women's health. It may, in fact, have done the opposite. Based on eight years of research, analysis of advertisements and breast cancer awareness campaigns, and hundreds of interviews with those affected by the disease, Pink Ribbon Blues highlights the hidden costs of the pink ribbon as an industry, one in which breast cancer has become merely a brand name with a pink logo.



Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy
by Samantha King

In Pink Ribbons, Inc., Samantha King traces how breast cancer has been transformed from a stigmatized disease and individual tragedy to a market-driven industry of survivorship. Here, for the first time, King questions the effectiveness and legitimacy of privately funded efforts to stop the epidemic among American women. Highly revelatory-at times shocking-Pink Ribbons, Inc. challenges the commercialization of the breast cancer movement.

Samantha King is Head of the Deaprtment of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario


Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer through Diet
by Richard Béliveau, PhD and Denis Gingra, PhD

In Foods That Fight Cancer, leading biochemist Richard Béliveau teams up with Denis Gingras to describe the science of food and which properties of particular foods are the active cancer-fighting elements.

Our Stolen Future
by Theo Colburn, and Dianne Dumanoski, John P. Myers, contrib.

Theo Colburn identifies the various ways in which chemical pollutants in the environment are disrupting human reproductive patterns and causing such problems as birth defects, sexual abnormalities, and reproductive failure.


The Politics of Cancer Revisited
by Samuel D. Epstein

Epstein presents his views on why the environmental causes of cancer, the majority man-made, are not being seriously addressed, despite adequate scientific methodology and governmental regulation. The losing war on cancer is the result. Epstein also questions the methods and results of many of the well-known standard-bearers in the battle against cancer. (JAMA, May 2000)


Doctor Susan Love's Breast Book, 6th edition.
by Dr. Susan M. Love

For a woman faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer, the information available today is vast, uneven, and confusing. For more than two decades, readers have relied on Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book to guide them through this frightening thicket of research and opinion to find the best possible options for their particular situations. This sixth edition explains exciting advances in targeted treatments, hormonal therapies, safer chemotherapy, and immunologic approaches as well as new forms of surgery and radiation.

Not Just a Pretty Face
Stacy Malkan
Not Just a Pretty Face delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry, and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover.

Toxic Sludge is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
by John C. Stauber

Even the most media-savvy amongst you will be awed by the behind-the-scenes descriptions of the Public Relations industry in action so masterfully described in this book. If you want your eyes to be opened, open them upon the pages of this book.

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