‘Worst cancer myth’ – BBC News Africa

  • Irene Hernández Velasco
  • BBC Mundo

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Anne Boyer won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for her book “The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care”.

American poet and essayist Anne Boyer was just 41 when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, one of the deadliest cancers in existence and which requires very aggressive treatment.

A single mother, she made a modest living teaching and didn’t know much about breast cancer at the time …

She says she has learned that capitalist logic often considers that those with cancer deserve it in part: for eating too many fatty sausages and not enough broccoli, for drinking too many beers, for not going for a run in the morning. ..

She also found that cancer is surrounded by false myths and stereotypes, such as that a positive attitude can help cure it.

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‘Worst cancer myth’ – BBC News Africa

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