Medicine: Coping with Cancer

Heart disease may be more common, arthritis more crippling, but no disease is more feared by women than breast cancer. Until fairly recently, women so dreaded it that they avoided discussing it, even among themselves; some, fearing the mutilative surgery required to control cancer, avoided examinations that could detect the disease.

But last week, in the wake of First Lady Betty Ford's operation for breast cancer, much of the reluctance, if not the fear, to face the disease seemed to have faded. Television Commentator Barbara Walters educated—and startled—her viewers by demonstrating a breast...

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