2006 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 3rd prize

Christopher Capozziello


13 October, 2004

Mary Ann Nilan with a verse from St Paul that she wrote on her stomach to be read by doctors performing the mastectomy: "For when I am weak, it is then that I am strong". Mary Ann was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39. She asked a photographer to record the process of her chemotherapy, double mastectomy and reconstruction implant surgery. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. In 2005 over 41,000 died from the disease in the US alone, but earlier diagnosis and improved treatment would appear to be driving death rates down.

About the photographer

Christopher Capozziello

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