Stay Informed About Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, aside from skin cancer. Because of the success of early detection, deaths from breast cancer are decreasing, so it pays to do monthly self-exams and to have annual mammograms after the age of 40.
It also pays to inform yourself when you or a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer.
These books published in the last year may be helpful to women (and men) and their families as they face the experience of cancer.
“Breast Cancer: The Complete Guide” by Yashar Hirshaut
“The Chemotherapy Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get Through Treatment” by Judith McKay
“The Cancer-fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery” by Rebecca Katz is a cookbook for cancer patients with more than 100 specially formulated recipes for their specific nutritional and appetite needs, featuring a step-by-step guide to nutritionally preparing for chemotherapy and radiation, and using powerhouse ingredients to create a cancer-fighting culinary toolkit.
“What to Eat During Cancer Treatment: 100 Great-Tasting, Family-Friendly Recipes to Help You Cope”
“Your Brain after Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus” by Dan Silverman
“Beauty Pearls for Chemo Girls” by Marybeth Maida
“Stand by Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men” by John W. Anderson
“What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope” edited by Julie K. Silver
“Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities” by Elizabeth Edwards
“The Sky Begins at Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community, and Coming Home to Your Body” by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is a powerful, tender and humorous memoir about resiliency and love in the face of cancer. Mirriam-Goldberg braves breast cancer, the breast cancer genetic mutation and the loss of a parent by connecting with an eclectic Midwest community, the land and sky, and a body undergoing vast renovation.
In “Pretty Is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny”, Jessica Queller, screenwriter for The Gilmore Girls, tells her story--from her mother's death from ovarian cancer and her positive testing for the breast cancer gene BRCA-1 to her decision to have a double mastectomy and remove her ovaries.
“I Am Not My Breast Cancer: Women Talk Openly about Love & Sex, Hair Loss & Weight Gain, Mothers & Daughters, and Being a Woman with Breast Cancer” by Ruth A. Peltason
“Five Lessons I Didn’t Learn from Breast Cancer (and One Big One I Did)” by Shelley Lewis
“Lopsided: How Having Breast Cancer Can Be Really Distracting” by Meredith Norton
“Saving Jack: A Man’s Struggle with Breast Cancer” by Jack Willis
The following four books investigate environmental impacts on health and offer information for confronting health threats as a society.
“No Family History: The Environmental Links to Breast Cancer” by Sabrina McCormick
“Lake Effect: Two Sisters and a Town’s Toxic Legacy” by Nancy A. Nichols
“Anticancer: A New Way of Life” by David Servan-Schreiber presents a radical synthesis of science and personal experience that advocates a sea change in the way we understand and confront cancer.
“Doubt Is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health” by David Michaels
For these and more resources on breast and other cancers, visit your library at www.tcplweb.org or call 988-2541. Knowledge is power!