Beauty without the Breast: A Personal Testimony by a Global Health Expert on Life with Cancer in a Developing Country

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2012
Time: 12:45 pm
Venue: LG7, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Type of event: Book Launch

Beauty without the Breast: A Personal Testimony by a Global Health Expert on Life with Cancer in a Developing Country

Felicia Knaul, an economist who has lived and worked for two decades in Latin America on health and social development, documents the personal and professional sides of her breast cancer experience. Beauty without the Breast contrasts her difficult but inspiring journey with that of the majority of women throughout the world who face not only the disease but stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to health care. This wrenching contrast is the cancer divide—an equity imperative in global health.

Knaul exposes barriers affecting women in low and middle-income countries and highlights the role of men, family, and community in responding to the challenge of breast cancer. She shares striking data about breast cancer, a leading killer of young women in developing countries, and narrates the process of applying this evidence and launching Tómatelo a Pecho (also the book title in Spanish)—a Mexico-based program promoting awareness and access to health care. The book concludes with letters from Dr. Julio Frenk, her husband and former Minister of Health of Mexico, written while they shared the trauma of diagnosis and treatment. With force and lucidity, the book narrates the journey of patient and family as they courageously navigate disease and survivorship.

Felicia Marie Knaul
Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Co-Director, Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries, and Founder, Tomatelo a Pecho

*Beauty without the Breast
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780982914410


*Closing the Cancer Divide-An Equity Imperative
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780982914403

Admission: Free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: Donna Bowers
Email: donna.bowers@lshtm.ac.uk

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