Ideologies of Breast Cancer provides a unique examination of the construction of the meanings of this disease in contemporary industrialized societies. The feminist perspectives of the title draw together wide-ranging approaches from British and North American authors - cultural studies, bio-ethics, literary criticism, psychology and sociology - while asserting the presence and lived experiences of women with breast cancer. Various aspects of the 'risk society' are considered, including the issues raised by prophylactic surgery and chemoprevention, and a case- study of environmental justice in an area of particularly high incidence. Popular media portrayals of breast cancer are examined in the context of the sexualized and maternalized breast. Women's autobiographical disease narratives, and the reconstruction of the self through writing, are discussed as well as women's knowledge construction of the disease following diagnosis. Political activism around breast cancer is examined through an analysis of three different social movements.