The toll of breast cancer in terms of worldwide mortality has reached a stunning 521,000 deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization.
With this level of mortality, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women globally.
Yet, we still don’t know very much about what actually causes breast cancer. And knowing that it is the leading cause of cancer death for women seems to beg the question: what is it about breasts that make them so susceptible to cancer?
In “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History,” Florence Williams attempts to provide some insights into that question.