How Cancer Crossed the Color Line

Hardcover | February 7, 2011

byKeith Wailoo

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Examining a century of twists and turns in anti-cancer campaigns, this path-breaking study shows how American cancer awareness, prevention, treatment, and survival have been refracted through the lens of race. As cancer went from being a white woman's nemesis to a "democratic disease" to afearsome threat in communities of color, experts and the lay public interpreted these trends as lessons about women, men, and the color line. Drawing on film and fiction, on medical and epidemiological evidence, and on patients' accounts, Keith Wailoo tracks cancer's transformation - how theories ofrisk evolved with changes in women's roles and African-American and new immigrant migration trends, with the growth of federal cancer surveillance, economic depression and world war, and with diagnostic advances, racial protest, and contemporary health activism. A pioneering study of healthcommunication in America, the book skillfully documents how race and gender became central motifs in the birth of cancer awareness, how patterns and perceptions changed, and how the "war on cancer" continues to be waged along the color line.

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Examining a century of twists and turns in anti-cancer campaigns, this path-breaking study shows how American cancer awareness, prevention, treatment, and survival have been refracted through the lens of race. As cancer went from being a white woman's nemesis to a "democratic disease" to afearsome threat in communities of color, expert...

Keith Wailoo is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History and Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University. He is the author of the award-winning book, Dying in the City of the Blues.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195170172

ISBN - 13:9780195170177

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Table of Contents

Introduction Health Awareness and the Color Line1. White Plague2. Primitivenulls Progress3. The Feminine Mystique of Self-Examination4. How the Other Half Dies5. Between Progress and Protest6. The New Politics of Old DifferencesConclusion The Color of CancerNotes