By: Melissa Pandika
Excerpt: "Breast cancer struck Joan Venticinque twice: first when she was 44, and again five years later. The second time, she underwent surgery to remove both breasts, as well as her ovaries. “What did I do to get this?” she wondered. ... New cases of female breast cancer in the U.S. have increased 242 percent from 1970 to 2014; more than 40,000 women will die of the disease this year. “Rates are stabilized for white women, but it’s still such a common disease, and there’s a lot of frustration with that,” says Julia Brody, executive director and senior scientist of Silent Spring Institute. “There’s a desire to look for preventable causes because the treatments are very stressful and debilitating. Too many women are still dying of it.”'