“What kind of cancer is it?” was the first question Barbara Brenner asked her doctor after hearing that the lump in her breast was malignant. His answer: “You don't need to know that.” Wrong response. Brenner, who was already an anti-war and LGBT rights activist, made knowing her business and spreading knowledge her mission. The power behind the San Francisco-based grassroots organization Breast Cancer Action and its transformative Think Before You Pink® campaign, Barbara Brenner brought an abundance of wit, courage, and clarity to the cause and forever changed the conversation. What had been construed as an individual crisis could now be seen for what it was: a pressing concern of public health and social justice, with environmental issues at the centre of prevention efforts.
Collected in So Much to Be Done, and framed by personal accounts of Barbara and her influential work, Brenner’s columns and blog posts form a chronicle of breast cancer research and health care activism that is as inspiring as it is informative.
As part of a series of events across the UK and Europe, Barbara’s partner of 38 years, Susie Lampert, will be in Brighton to present the book. Other speakers include Nick Mole, PAN UK’s policy officer, and Grazia De Michele, breast cancer activist and partner of the Breast Cancer Consortium.
An excerpt from the Introduction by Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, is available here:
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