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Sandra Steingraber


An internationally recognized authority on environmental links to cancer and reproductive health, Sandra Steingraber, PhD, is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, a new edition of which was just published by Merloyd Lawrence Books/Da Capo Press. It has been adapted into a feature-length documentary film by The People's Picture Company.

In 2001, Steingraber received the Rachel Carson Leadership Award for her “outstanding contributions to the conservation and environmental movement.” A columnist for Orion magazine, she has lectured before the parliament of the European Union, at various medical conferences, and on numerous college campuses, and is a scholar in residence at New York’s Ithaca College.

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How My Mother and I Learned to Speak About

How My Mother and I Learned to Speak About Cancer

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 44. Three years later I was diagnosed with cancer myself -- bladder cancer -- and whatever discussion I might have had with my mom about the curiously depressing aspects of the parking garage walkway yielded to graver concerns. These were mostly unvoiced.
10/24/2012 05:06 EDT
Cancer: The Public and Private

Cancer: The Public and Private Conversation

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.
10/03/2012 05:11 EDT