In 1976, Claire Hoy's first wife, Beverley, died of breast cancer. She was 33, the mother of two young children. Despite the large amount of money spent on reserach, the changes in treatment methods, and the development of alternative medicines, survival rates haven't improved. In fact, argues Hoy, they're slightly worse now, and the incidence of breast cancer has increased dramatically. In Canada, about 16.300 women get the disease each year. And 5,300 die - approximately one death every 90 minutes, In the United States, more that 180,000 women contract breast cancer each year, and 46,000 die - about one woman every 12 minutes.
This book examines the many built-in barriers for women, particularly in medical research, where men's diseases historically have been taken more seriously that women's.