“Welcome to Cancerland” by Barbara Ehrenreich

Originally published in the November 2001 Harper’s, Ehrenreich talks about her breast cancer and the breast cancer cult.

“Culture” is too weak a word to describe all this. What has grown up around breast cancer in just the last fifteen years more nearly resembles a cult — or, given that it numbers more than two million women, their families, and friends-perhaps we should say a full-fledged religion.

She also writes of the cancer-industrial-complex.

I know it’s October and you’ll see a lot of articles about breast cancer, but this one’s different. If you only read one thing about breast cancer this month, make it this.