Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer

Over the past 30 years, researchers have found a widening survival divide between black and white women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. The Takeaway’s series “Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer” shares the stories of three African-American women coping with the disease. Over the course of six months, we’ll hear their thoughts and fears, their struggles and triumphs, as their audio diaries capture the realities of a disease that will afflict more than 12 percent of American women at some point in their lives.

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Under Her Skin: Anita Coleman

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Anita Coleman is 54-years-old. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, and suffered a relapse on February 21, 2014 after a regular mammogram came back suspicious. She recounts her first diagnosis, and how her family has helped her find the strength to fight the disease once again.

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Under Her Skin: Crystal Miller

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Crystal Miller is 28-years-old. She found a lump in her breast in November 2013, and was diagnosed with breast cancer a month later. As a nurse and cancer researcher at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Crystal struggles to ignore the disease statistics she knows so well.

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Under Her Skin: Lisa Echols

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Lisa Echols is 46-years-old. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2013 after doctors spotted an abnormality in her annual mammogram. She says she is a wife, mother and friend first—and a woman fighting cancer second.

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Choosing a Double Mastectomy

Monday, July 07, 2014

Lisa Echols lives and works in Memphis, where the mortality rate for black women with breast cancer is twice that of white women. 

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As Breast Cancer Treatment Improves, Black Women Left Behind

Monday, July 07, 2014

Over the last thirty years, researchers have found a widening survival divide between black women and white women diagnosed with breast cancer. 


Crystal Miller: 28 Years Old and Battling Breast Cancer

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Crystal Miller was just 27-years-old when she felt a lump in her breast that turned out to be cancerous. But despite the diagnosis, Crystal remains the same young, bright New York woman.

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Fighting Breast Cancer for a Second Time: Anita Coleman's Advice for the Rookies

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Anita Coleman was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of this year, at the age of 54. Anita successfully fought the disease once before, in 2001.

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Women with Breast Cancer, Trying to Find Their Way Back to 'Normal'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

African-American women with a breast cancer diagnosis face particularly difficult odds. Three black women fighting the disease document their experiences through audio diaries.


Confronting a Body Changed By Cancer

Friday, August 01, 2014

What do you see when cancer becomes a mirror for a lifetime of self-examination, self-scrutiny and self-reflection? We check in with the three women profiled in “Under Her Skin.”


Under Her Skin: Life With Cancer Continues

Friday, August 15, 2014

For the three women featured in "Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer," there has been no pause, and no intermission between Act I and Act II. Life with cancer continues.


Chasing the Costs of Cancer

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

From $5 co-pays to $38,000 operations, the costs of living with and treating breast cancer vary widely, and it's left many patients and their families strapped and confused.

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Navigating The Journey of Breast Cancer

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The three women of The Takeaway's series "Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer" bring us up to date on their journeys.


Courage in The Face of Cancer

Friday, October 10, 2014

Anita is one of the three women we're following in our series "Under Her Skin: Living with Breast Cancer." At 55, she's a portrait of a woman who knows herself inside and out.


Experiencing Breast Cancer From a Distance

Friday, October 31, 2014

The friends and family members of the women of "Under Her Skin" share what it's been like to watch their loved ones battle breast cancer.


Under Her Skin: Cancer, Family, and Faith

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

In the latest installment of the “Under Her Skin” series, 28-year-old breast cancer patient Crystal Miller explains how her diagnosis has changed her relationships to family and faith.

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Under Her Skin: A Journey Comes to a Close

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Takeaway's six-month-long audio storytelling series, "Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer," will conclude with the end of 2014.


Looking Forward to a Life Without Breast Cancer

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The women behind The Takeaway's series "Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer" reflect on their diagnoses, the prognoses and how they've coped.

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