breast cancer

Ken Burns, Katie Couric to Tackle Cancer, ‘Emperor of All Maladies’

Posted on 06/4/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentHe’s taken on the Civil War, baseball and jazz. Now, spurred by a personal tragedy, America’s foremost documentarian is tackling cancer. According to the Associated Press, Ken Burns will collaborate with Siddhartha Mukherjee to bring the author’s book The Emperor of All Maladies to PBS in spring 2015. The film is scheduled to run for six hours, over three nights. Burns’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 3, and she died 8 years later. “There was never …

Barbara Brenner: A Breast Cancer Firebrand

Posted on 05/29/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyBreast cancer activist Barbara Brenner, who died on May 10 at age 61 in San Francisco, refused to wear a pink ribbon. As she told a newspaper interviewer back in 1996, she already wore a symbol of her concern about the disease: a horizontal scar across her chest. But more important, she was offended by what she saw as an empty feel-good gesture. “They’re trying to turn breast cancer into a safe thing,” she railed. “Just get a wig and get …

Why Angelina Jolie Chose a Preventive Mastectomy

Posted on 05/14/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentMovie star Angelina Jolie, told she was at high risk for breast cancer, underwent a preventive double mastectomy, but a prominent cancer geneticist tells AARP the actress should also consider removing her ovaries to reduce her risk of deadly ovarian cancer. Jolie, 37, revealed in a moving essay in the New York Times today that her own mother died of ovarian  cancer at 56, which is why Jolie got genetic testing that revealed she has the BRCA1 gene mutation. This …

Mammogram Advice: Older Women Aren’t Convinced

Posted on 04/22/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMore than three years after a federally appointed panel of experts said most women don’t need annual mammograms, a new study of mammogram rates shows that older women have pretty much ignored the advice. According to an analysis of data from nearly 28,000 women, women over 40 continue to get the yearly screening, apparently unconvinced they should do it less often. In fact, mammogram rates slightly increased overall, from 51.9 percent in 2008 to 53.6 percent in 2011, even though …

Now Read This: ‘Guy’s Guy’ Mike Greenberg Writes Chick Lit

Posted on 04/10/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentMike Greenberg is a “guy’s guy” — he co-hosts the ESPN show “Mike & Mike in the Morning”— so when he decided to write a novel from the perspective of three women, he knew he’d have to rope in some “gal’s gals.” To “get things right” in his recently released All You Could Ask For, Greenberg told me, he formed the world’s most homegrown focus group: his wife, his agent’s wife, and their female yoga instructor. But there’s one vignette …

In Going Public, Valerie Harper Is in Good Company

Posted on 03/11/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayActress Valerie Harper’s March 11 appearance on the Today show to discuss her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer made her the latest celebrity to go on television to talk about a personal life-and-death health challenge. There was a time the famous tended to keep quiet about serious illnesses behind a protective cocoon of press agents, limousines with tinted windows and mansion walls. Often fans found out about their conditions through terse press releases asking for privacy, or though hints picked …