Environment Cancer

Cancer: The Public and Private Conversation

Sandra Steingraber | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada Living
Sandra Steingraber

At age 20, while lying on a hospital bed in my own hometown, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Perhaps because the rituals of being a cancer patient are so far removed from public life, we sometimes presume its causes are likewise located in an interior, intimate place. And some of the roots of cancer are indeed found there. But cancer has a public dimension, too.