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Komen By The Numbers: The Context of Research

Title: Komen By The Numbers: The Context of Research

Author: Anna Rachnel

Publication: The Cancer Culture Chronicles

Publication Date: January 30, 2011

“Context: the parts of a discourse that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning.

Context is an important word, particularly within the cancer culture.  We hear those three little words; “You have cancer”, and immediately we are thrown into a frightening void, where often the first battle is understanding the world into which we have just been forced.  After shedding our tears, and numbing ourselves to the shock and pain of it all, we take a deep breath and start asking the questions we are supposed to ask.  After we have figured out which questions we need to ask.  Soon we begin to understand this new context.  Our diagnosis, options for treatment, and how our lives will be irreparably changed. Context provides some comfort in the form of clarity, but we can’t get there unless we ask the relevant questions.

It is with this in mind, that I continue my investigation into the activities of our nation’s largest breast cancer fundraiser, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® (“Komen”).  I still have questions.”

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